The week of June 10-16 is International Men’s Health Week. Men’s Health Week, celebrated annually during the week ending on Father’s Day as recognized in the USA, honors the importance of the health and wellness of boys and men. Father’s Day was chosen as the anchor to make use of the extra attention paid to male family members near that holiday. Men’s Health Week provides an opportunity to educate the public about what can be done to improve the state of men’s health while providing free and convenient health services to boys and men who wouldn’t otherwise receive such care. The response has been overwhelming, generating thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
Men’s Health Week was created by Congress in 1994 to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The bills creating Men’s Health Week were sponsored by former Senator Bob Dole and former Congressman Bill Richardson, who cited the cost-effectiveness of a shift from treatment to prevention in health care emphasis when presenting the bill. The supporters of Men’s Health Week also noted that prevention requires public awareness and designating a week would spread information on preventing illnesses affecting males, which includes nationwide events and screenings.
US Governors have adopted the week, as have the mayors of many of the major cities. Celebrated around the country, typical Men’s Health Week events include educational lectures by sports figures, free health screenings, health fairs, and seminars. Men’s Health Week events are planned so that they are easily attended even by men with a full work schedule. Things to do can be found on the official Men’s Health Month website. Although not officially recognized by congress, men’s health activists observe Men’s Health Month throughout June.
Men’s Health Week expanded to an international level when representatives from six men’s health organizations around the world met at the 2nd World Congress on Men’s Health in Vienna, Austria in 2002 and resolved to work together to launch International Men’s Health Week (IMHW). The aim of IMHW is slightly wider than its domestic equivalent, aiming to increase awareness of general male health issues and to encourage inter- and intra-national institutions to provide better care for health issues affecting men around the world. Some affiliates of IMHW include The Men’s Health Forum in England and Wales, The Men’s Health Forum Scotland (MHFS), Men’s Health Network (USA and other countries), Australasian Men’s Health Forum and Men’s Health Society of BC, in British Columbia, Rotary International, and the San Maarten Public Health Department in the Netherlands Antilles.
Friday of Men’s Health Week has been officially named Wear BLUE Day for the week. Organizations and individuals can host a Wear BLUE day to raise awareness and money for education about men’s need to seek regular checkups, or testicular cancer education, prostate cancer education, or other health issues that affect men. (Cardiovascular disease, skin cancer, lung cancer, diabetes, gout, and more.) Wear BLUE was created by Men’s Health Network to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives. Many people take advantage of less stringent work attire to show their support of men’s health by wearing blue. The social media hashtag has #ShowUsYourBlue has grown tremendously over the years.
Blue Monday is the official kickoff for National Men’s Health Week, proclaimed by President Clinton in 1994. Created by Dr. Michael Lutz from the Michigan Institute of Urology nonprofit Men’s Health Foundation, Blue Monday was first recognized in 2015 by the Michigan Senate designating Blue Monday as the kickoff for Men’s Health Week. The bipartisan resolution proclaims “Blue Monday” as a day to kick off Men’s Health Week and promote men’s health engagement, education and advocacy. One in 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1 in 38 will die, even though prostate cancer is 100% curable when caught early. The goal of Blue Monday is to create awareness of men’s health issues worldwide and to save lives. The first Blue Monday, June 15, 2015 was recognized and promoted in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Canada, and Florida. Blue Monday continues to grow each year and the Men’s Health Foundation has partnered with the nonprofit Men’s Health Initiative and together they are working to achieve international recognition for Blue Monday.
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At Sunflower Home Health, we truly believe that education and awareness are the keys to making the Mississippi Delta a healthy and safe place to live, something that we are committed to making a reality.