National Men’s Health Week is June 12-18, the week leading up to Father’s Day, because what better way to celebrate dad than to encourage him to take care of his health? The week is all about healthy bodies, hard exercise, good diet, and regular visits to the doctor. It’s part of National Men’s Health Month, a month-long recognition of men’s health with activities and events to remind men to take care of their bodies. So whether you are a man or just love them, take some time this week to celebrate the male form and keeping it in tip-top shape!
National Men's Health Week Activities
1. Make an appointment
One of the best ways to celebrate Men's Health Week is to make an appointment you've been putting off! Have a mole you need looked at, or an elbow injury that keeps flaring up? Feel like your digestion has been off or maybe it's just time for you schedule a test? Use Men's Health Week as an excuse to make a call and get that appointment on the calendar.
2. Head to the gym
Use Men's Health Week to get yourself moving! Go the gym, take a long walk, swim some laps, or take a bike ride. You're body with thank you, and just maybe it'll be the start of a weekly ritual.
3. Wear a blue ribbon
The blue ribbon is the symbol for Men's Health, and wearing one this week will show your commitment to the cause. It also does double duty as a conversation starter, helping you spread the good news about Men's Health Week to anyone curious enough to ask!
Why We Love National Men's Health Week
A. We love men
We all have fathers, brothers, sons, grandfathers, and friends that are men! Some of us are even men ourselves! We want the men in our life to be healthy, happy, and with us for a long time, and encouraging them to take care of themselves is a big part of that. Men's Health Week helps us talk to the men in our life about their health!
B. Health is hard
Especially in America, many men are encouraged to be macho and invincible, and oftentimes that means they ignore symptoms and put off doctor appointments because "they're fine." Men's Health Week is all about peer pressure in the other direction!
C. An excuse to follow your bliss
It can be hard to find time to do the things we love to do, but Men's Health Week is a good reminder that health is also about happiness. Take a hike, go on a walk, play a round of golf, read a book, take a nap. Do what relaxes you! It's all healthy.