Traditionally in the month of June, we celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday. Father’s Day is intended to be a day set aside to recognize, honor, and appreciate the father figure in our life. Did you know that June is also Men’s Health Month? Men’s Health Month is designed to bring awareness to health issues that impact both men and boys. We all know that proper diet and exercise are imperative for good health, but knowledge of family medical history and wellness checkups are equally important. The men in our life need medical screenings that will detect those “silent” ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Screenings will also reveal health issues like colon cancer and heart disease which are treatable when diagnosed early. For more information about men’s health, visit Men’s Health Network website at http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/.
Normally on Father’s Day, we give our father figures gifts that include ties, clothes, sporting goods and tools. This month we encourage you to also initiate dialogue with him about his health. Encourage him to get a physical and request early detection screenings from his medical provider. Also, check out http://www.menshealthmonth.org/thingstodo.html to discover additional things you can do to heighten awareness about men’s health.
“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.”- Former Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994)