Men’s Health Week

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Men’s Health Week

via menshealthmonth.orgFather and Son in the Water

This week before Father’s Day each year is Men’s Health Week, a week to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.”

As Congressman Bill Richardson once said, “Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”

So how can you help your dad, husband, or other men in your life (or yourself, if you are a man) get healthy? We are glad you asked! Here are a few ideas:

1) Get him to the Doctor! Women are 100% more likely to visit a doctor for annual exams and preventative screenings. When he visits send this checklist along, which tells you what screenings to get, when you should start getting them, and how often to get them.

2) If the man in your life like’s to read, pass along this BluePrint for Men’s Health piece that provides scientific research on some of the most prevalent men’s health issues.

3) Stats and figures type of guy? Pass along this Scorecard to see how his health measures up.

4) Get him moving! Find an activity you can do together or create family outings around physical activities rather than sedentary ones. (Head to the batting cages instead of the movies or to park instead of the arcade.)

5) Help him de-stress. Prolonged stress can cause a host of health issues, whether its a massage or a game of basketball, it’s important for the man in your life to have a way to release stress.

6) Eat right! If your guy is on the road a lot, pass along this helpful guide from Men’s Health that tells him to “Eat This, Not That.” And, here’s another article that passes along some helpful ways to incorporate super foods into your routine. (Don’t worry, you can still eat a burger every once and a while!)