International Men’s Health Week is celebrated in several countries in the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. The purpose of the designation is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. There are now hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some snappy activity suggestions for celebrating National Men’s Health Week, June 15-21. Some of their suggestions are: Take a bike ride. Use less salt. Try more veggies. Get good sleep. Toss the tobacco. Move more. Eat healthy. Tame the stress. All their suggestions can be found at their Men’s Health Week website at www.cdc.gov/men/nmhw/ which is replete with links to more in-depth discussions of sub-topics related to each of these pointers. It is a well-rounded online resource for men’s health.
You can also browse the very popular health books in the adult non-fiction section at your public library. There are many choices on how to get in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle, how to approach and mitigate chronic problems, and informational materials on specific health issues. You will also find materials on anatomy and physiology, mind-body wellness, traditional and alternative treatments, drugs, herbs and supplements, and personal stories about sickness and health. Here are a couple of inspirational reads for taking control of your health.