June 15 – 21, 2020

With today marking the beginning of National Men’s Health Week, we saw it fitting to do a small series of blogs dedicated to both the physical and mental wellbeing of males. From sons and fathers to brothers and friends, men play a significant role in everyone’s lives and it is important to recognize that their health is a priority.

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.” Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994)

The purpose of National Men’s Health week is aimed to increase awareness of preventable health problems as well as educate males about treatments, symptoms of diseases and everyday ways to proactively take care of themselves. Whether it be regularly scheduled medical visits, an annual check up or the action of seeking more information about healthcare, we want to encourage boys and men to protect their bodies from unnecessary harm. Some best practices to follow include eating nutritional foods that reduce the risks of diseases most common in men, exercising daily to ensure a healthy weight, creating a balanced lifestyle that supports mental stability and most importantly developing an understanding of your body’s dynamic needs. 

Men’s Health Facts (sourced from the CDC

  • Women are 100% more likely than men to seek preventative health care

  • Men are much more likely to be uninsured than women 

  • Leading causes of death in males are: Heart Disease, Cancer and Accidents 

  • Men are 4x more likely to commit suicide than women 

History of Men’s Health Week

The Men’s Health Network was founded in 1992 by a group of male writers, activists and therapists who all shared the same goal of improving men’s health and overall wellbeing. It wasn’t until 1994, that a new public law was passed by the President, declaring the week before Father’s Day each June would be recognized as National Men’s Health Week. 

MHW Resources