Dads and Dudes! Next Week is National Men’s Health Week
“If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself,” said Mickey Mantle. According to a recent survey by Men’s Health magazine and CNN, one-third of American men have not had a checkup in the past year. Nine million men haven’t seen a doctor in the last five years.
It is time for men to get in on the act of health care and to recognize that we, as men, are responsible for our own well being.
Men’s Health Week is next week—June 14-20—concluding on Father’s Day. During this week, help heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases that affect men and boys. Encourage the men in your life to seek accurate medical advice about their health and well being and to make their health concerns known to entrusted health care providers.
The reality of statistical information shows that men live, on average, five years less than women. They also have a higher risk for the ten leading causes of death in the United States. Yet men consider themselves to be in “excellent” health—and they are dying to prove their point.
Given the right information and early detection many of the leading causes of death can be prevented. After all, men’s health is not just a man’s issue. The impact on wives, mothers, daughters, sisters—and especially sons—makes it a family issue.
Guys, how will you acknowledge Men’s Health Week? Make an appointment with your physician or nurse practitioner? Quit smoking? Cook up some healthy salmon instead of kielbasa on the grill this summer? Women, how can you support the men in your life during Men’s Health Week? Let us know here.
-Lou Marinacci, RN