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June 2022

Men’s Health Week

June 13 – 19th

Men’s Health Week is in June, the week before Father’s Day. During this month, men are encouraged to take action for their health and educate themselves on the risks and preventative measures. Men die at an average of 5 years younger than women.

Men’s Health Week isn’t just for men, though. It’s also a time for women to encourage and support the men in their lives to get regular health checkups and practice self-care.

THE OVERALL GOALS OF THE WEEK ARE TO:

  1. Increase awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages
  2. Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices and activities
  3. Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males

COVID-19 has been tough on men. The COVID death rate is much higher for men than it is for women, and the worry about job loss has led to increased rates of anxiety and depression.

Making men aware of their physical and mental health options and encouragement to take action can mean the difference between life and death.

Here are some things you can do to promote awareness of this week at your workplace. http://www.menshealthmonth.org/

Did you know:

  • On average, men live about 5 years less than women
  • Men have a higher death rate for most leading causes of death including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and suicide
  • 1 in 2 men will develop cancer
  • Approximately 30,000 men in the US die each year from prostate cancer
  • Men make ½ as many physician visits for prevention as women
  • Men are more likely to be uninsured that women

According to a study by the Cleveland Clinic, 60% of the male population refuses to go to the Dr. until they are seriously ill, and by then, treatment may not be possible.

The top 8 leading causes of death in men include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Unintentional injuries
  • Stroke
  • COPD (lung disease)
  • Diabetes
  • Influenza and Pneumonia
  • Suicide

Mental Health has an impact on this population as well.  According to Mental Health America, 6 million of the 151,781,326 million men are affected by depression every year.

The four mental health problems affecting men are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychosis and Schitzophrenia

What can I do?

Some tips for getting started with self-care:

  • Get regular exercise
  • Eat healthy and stay hydrated
  • Make sleep a priority
  • Try a relaxing activity
  • Set goals and priorities
  • Practice gratitude
  • Stay connected

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Ulliance for free, confidential assistance 1-800-448-8326.

Men’s health week is an important step in bringing awareness to men’s health issues.  Support the men in your life and encourage them to visit their doctor for a checkup.

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Sarah Buchanan
VP Human Resources