International Men’s Health Week is an initiative that calls for attention to the most urgent health issues facing men of all ages around the world. It is a celebration and reminder about some simple things men can do to maintain healthy bodies and lives.
The International Men’s Health Week (IMHW) begins every June. IMHW is an annual health observance with the goal of increasing awareness of male health issues on a global level and to encourage inter-and intra-national institutions to develop health policies and services that meet the specific needs of men, boys, and their families. Through activities, IMHW also focuses on some of the well-being challenges men face such as eating disorders, depression, mental illness, divorce, violence prevention, child custody, stress management, sexuality, and reproductive health issues.
Tips for International Men’s Health Week
Hit the gym
We’re in the midst of Men’s Health Week, so we wanted to help you get your workout on. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to be expensive! After all, physical fitness is something we should address EVERY week of the year.
But if the thought of a week seems like too much, why not commit to one day? Get yourself out the door for some exercise. It doesn’t have to be too serious. Take a walk, hit the gym or go for a bike ride. You’ll be doing your body and brain a whole bunch of good.
Make that call
By making an appointment to get a health issue checked out (if you think it’s necessary), you could be addressing an issue before it becomes serious. Feel better and be a role model for the people around you. Whether you’re waiting for a follow-up or something more serious, the last thing on your mind is scheduling an appointment to hear bad news. This fear is one that is justified, but it shouldn’t dictate your actions anymore. Don’t wait for the bad news. Get proactive and make that appointment.
This week, you can help spread the word about Men’s Health by getting a blue ribbon. It’s an easy way to show your support for men’s health from June 14-20th. Participating in Men’s Health Week — or even just hearing about it — could be the catalyst someone needs to take action against a health problem.
In the US, men are less likely than women to visit the doctor. This is yet another example of how stigma can lead to men and boys neglecting their health and well-being.
International Men’s Health Week has certain priority areas that give special focus to those issues most critical to improving the health of males. These are suicide prevention; healthy lifestyles, including exercise and nutrition; reducing risky use of alcohol and drugs; motivating boys and men to seek preventive health services; increasing diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer; prostate cancer education; increasing male organ health; and violence prevention. Let’s shine a light on men’s health together this month!