June is Men’s Health Month and The Family YMCA would like to spread awareness around issues that affect the health and wellbeing of boys and men by encouraging everyone to war blue on Friday, June 15.
According to the Men’s Health Network, men are dying at higher rates than women from 9 of the top 10 causes of death. They are also the victims of over 92 percent of workplace deaths. On average men today die almost five years earlier than women-compare that to a one-year difference in the 1920’s. Women are also much more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men, so science is looking at the idea that early detection and prevention be the key to Improving the health and longevity of men.
The Y is behind an effort to raise awareness of men’s health issue in the hopes of improving their longevity. Y Fitness Director Stacey Castille encourages everyone to support the men in your life by wearing blue the Friday before Father’s Day, June 15.
“I encourage everyone to celebrate Father’s Day with a healthy cookout that includes lots of veggies, and some fun physical activities,” Castille said. “Consider getting a group of friends together for a kickball game or take a family bike ride.”
Castille said the most important thing anyone can do support men’s health is to encourage the men in your life to see their doctor on a regular basis for checkups and screenings.
Men’s Health Network offers the following resources to educate men on key health issues as well as provide a guideline for preventative screenings.