June is Men’s Health Month and The Compliance Store would like to show our support for the importance of keeping men physically and mentally well. Established in 1994 by Senate Joint Resolution 179, this month raises awareness about preventable health issues and encourages early treatment and detection of disease among men and boys. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boys and men in the United States, on average, die 5.6 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from nine of the top 10 leading causes of death. During this month, The Compliance Store encourages both men and women to make men’s health a priority. Men can improve their overall well-being and quality of their lives by taking control of their health as early as possible. Women can help raise awareness about health issues that impact men and encourage the men in their lives to be proactive about caring for their well-being. Together, we all can be advocates for healthier men in two simple ways.
Blue is the color for Men’s Health Month. It’s part of the year-round Wear BLUE® awareness campaign created by Men’s Health Network, a national non-profit organization dedicated to spreading information about male health issues. People can show their solidarity with men and boys by wearing blue clothing or a blue ribbon. Individuals and organizations across the nation help spread the message about the movement by posting on social media using the network’s hashtag #ShowUsYourBlue. Long-term care facilities can help by hosting their own Wear BLUE Day for residents, family and staff. They can encourage members of their community to wear blue or provide them with blue ribbons and/or pins and share pictures to their social media account(s).
Spread some knowledge
Knowledge is power because it has the ability to change lives. Facilities can use this month to help spread information about health disparities among men as well as what can be done about them. Research has shown that men often live sicker and shorter lives than women. They also face risk from conditions that impact their quality of life such as prostate problems and testicular cancer. Additionally, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, men are more likely than women to engage in lifestyle behaviors that endanger their health such as smoking and drinking, making unhealthy or risky choices and putting off regular checkups and medical care. Facilities can promote preventative healthcare and share information that impacts the men in their long-term communities. Whether it’s flyers on a bulletin board, a newsletter article, informative social media posts or a mini health fair, sharing information about how men can take control of their health makes a difference. So, join the rest of the nation in helping raise awareness and changing men’s lives.
The Compliance Store has several resources that address men’s health issues, including depression in men and prostate cancer. To learn more, go to www.TheComplianceStore.com.