June is Men’s Health Month, a time for celebrating the men in our lives and supporting them on their health journeys. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Learn more about Men’s Health Month here.
The Connection to Weight
On average, men are less likely than women to seek help with weight management. They are also less likely to visit a healthcare provider for routine health exams.
Both of these are important for overall wellness. Weight is important to manage because it impacts health in many ways. However, men often report that they struggle to open up about their weight and ask for help, believing that there are few places for them in a diet culture that is almost always targeted at women.
Ways to Recognize Men’s Health Month
Tips for Men:
- Schedule your next wellness exam
- Start the conversation about weight and health with a healthcare provider
- Recognize the importance of mental health on physical health
- Don’t forget about dental health and eye health
- Stay active
- Eat a balanced diet that supports your health goals
Tips for All of Us:
- Talk to the men in your life about health and wellness
- Wear blue during Men’s Health Week (June 15th-21st)
- Learn more about men’s health
- Get active and practice healthy behaviors with the men in your family
- Encouraged a loved one to take the Your Weight Matters Challenge
- Your Weight Matters Challenge
- Measure Your Weight
- View the Obesity Action Coalition’s health and wellness education library
Spread the Message on Social Media
You can add to the conversation about men’s health on your social media platforms, too! Consider sharing the above tips and resources on your social media with some of these Men’s Health Month hashtags: #MensHealthMonth; #MHM2020; #ShowUsYourBlue; #WearBlueForMen #MensHealthWeek