The CDC highlights men’s health for Father’s Day

National Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year the week leading up to and including Father’s Day, which is June 10-16, 2013. During this week, individuals, families, communities, and others work to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems, promote healthy living, and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

What Men Can Do

  • Lead by example. Eat healthy, be physically active, have regular checkups, get vaccinated, be smoke-free, prevent injuries, sleep well, and manage stress.
  • Wear Blue:External Web Site Icon Choose a day that works for you, your group, or team and wear blue to raise awareness about men’s health. Encourage others to wear blue.
  • Wear Blue to remind men of the importance of staying healthy.
  • Get checkups, and be seen for health problems before they become serious.
  • Stay up on the latest about men’s health at CDC by signing up for e-mail updates in the top right corner of the Men’s Health website.

What Communities Can Do

  • Hold an educational event or presentation about men’s health issues, healthy living, and health care.
  • Plan a men’s health fair and be sure to cover topics such as heart health, injury prevention, cancer, and workplace safety. Check out Tips for Planning Health Events.
  • Encourage men to celebrate National Men’s Health Week by seeing a doctor about health problems or getting a thorough checkup.
  • Encourage men and boys in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and seek regular medical care and early treatment for disease and injury.

What Women Can Do

  • Point out the connection between good health, physical, and mental performance in family, work, sports, and community activities.
  • Encourage the males in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and get medical attention when needed.
  • Recruit male friends or relatives with good health habits to help reinforce lifestyle messages.
  • Remind him that his children and grandchildren will be influenced by the example he sets when forming lifelong health habits.
  • Create an exercise routine that involves and is enjoyable for both of you.

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