Not Just Celebrating Dad but All the Men

National Mens Health Week promotes healthy living through Fathers Day

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(RxWiki News) Father's Day is this Sunday. What's a better gift than tools or fancy watches? Helping him live a long, healthy life. 

Celebrate early with Dad to keep him healthy as part of National Men's Health Week. This year, National Men's Health Week runs from June 10 all the way through the Father's Day on the 16th.

Each year, groups and families across the country aim to help dads, brothers, sons and uncles prevent health problems before they happen and show them how to do so during the week leading up to Father's Day.

"Get regular physical exams with your doctor."

This awareness week also promotes healthy living and is part of Men's Health Month, which runs throughout the month of June.

The Centers for Disease Control has made several recommendations to help men make their health a priority:

  • eat healthy
  • move more
  • control stress
  • quit tobacco products
  • sleep well
  • stay on top of your check-ups and well care visits
  • find affordable healthcare

The CDC specifically recommends that men keep track of any chest pain, excessive thirst, problems urinating and shortness of breath.

Men should also monitor their blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index, which measures height and weight together.

According to the CDC in 2009, the top three leading causes of death among men in the US were heart disease, cancer and unintentional injuries.

Adults should also consider booster vaccinations for certain immunizations that can fade over time, as vaccine dosages are based on age, medical history and overall health.

Vaccines to consider include shingles, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza and Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough.

Communities are encouraged to hold an educational presentation or event about men's health issues, health care and healthy living.

Groups can also hold a health fair to discuss heart health, injury prevention, workplace safety and cancer.

Show your support for Men's Health Week and Men's Health Month by wearing blue or organizing a day to wear just blue.

For a list of Men's Health Month and Week activities, visit the links below in the citations.

Last Updated:
August 7, 2013