How women can celebrate Men's Health Month

Don't leave the doctor's office empty.
photo: Bart Everson

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, American "men are less healthy than women, engage in more high-risk and adverse behaviors than do women, and often have incorrect health beliefs."  They have a shorter lifespan than women, and they have a higher mortality rate for life-threatening diseases.

Yet, according to the CDC, women are 100% more likely to seek preventative healthcare than men.  The AAFP maintains that 55% of men haven't seen a doctor in the past year.

Today, dear reader, you have an opportunity to change that.  June is Men's Health Month, a congressional sponsored month-long event designed to create awareness about men's health issues.    

Since data tells us that your man isn't likely to embrace this initiative, you need to supply the nudge.  Here's how:

  1. Organize activities to get your man moving. Schedule a tee time with his buddies; designate one evening per week for a walk around the neighborhood; sign him up for the marathon he's always wanted to train for; plan an active weekend with kayaking and hiking in your area
  2. Get him to bed early.  One of the best ways to stay healthy is to ensure adequate rest.  Turn off the television and get him to bed before he dozes off on the couch
  3. Make him a doctor's appointment.  If your man is typical, he's not going to go out of his way to get a check-up.  Schedule it for him.  Mark it on his calendar (and yours).  Then make sure he gets there.
  4. Rid the pantry of unhealthy, processed foods.  Sure.  You don't want to go crazy by throwing out all of his favorite snacks, but people don't eat what they can't find in the kitchen.  Eliminate processed foods slowly over time, and work to find whole foods that are satisfying alternatives.  

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