Men's Health Week happens every year in the week before and including Father's Day. You can be a man or woman to take part in the week and help spread the word about men's health issues.
Step 1: Exercise Get out and exercise. Plan a game of basketball or a hike with your coworkers or family members.
Step 2: Wear blue Organize a "Wear Blue Day" with your company to promote awareness of Men's Health Week.
TIP: Hook up with a local men's health organization to make the "Wear Blue Day" a fundraiser. Employees can pay money to be able to dress down in blue for the day.
Step 3: Take care of yourself Participate by taking good care of your health. Things like sleeping 7 to 9 hours a night, not smoking, and getting a health check-up are a great way to start.
Step 4: Plan a health fair Plan a health fair at your work place, church, or in your community. Invite local health groups, such as hospitals, to educate people on men's health issues. Free screenings for cholesterol and blood pressure can be offered.
TIP: Include a healthy cooking demonstration at your health fair.
Step 5: Write a letter Write a letter or editorial about the importance of educating people about men's health to a local newspaper or your local government.
Step 6: Spread the word Talk to the men and boys in your life about the most common health issues that men face, such as prostate cancer and heart disease. Encourage them to learn about the early warning signs. Mark the date on your calendar, find some people to share it with, and spread the word about men's health.
FACT: A 2010 study reported that 57 percent of U.S. men, compared to 74 percent of women, had had a routine medical checkup in the previous 12 months.