International Men's Health Week | June 14 - June 20, 2021


This occasion is celebrated each year during the week leading up to Father’s Day. On the Friday before Father’s Day, Wear Blue Friday to promote Men’s Health Week.

This week is an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Take the time to address any health issues that have been ignored during the pandemic. If you have not received your vaccine yet or, had all of your children’s vaccines brought up to date, now is the time.

As you are aware, early detection is critical in better outcomes with serious conditions. Prevention of illnesses that affect males is an integral part of this designated health week.

If you have male teenagers, please be sure to do your research and learn about the consequences of not having your teenager vaccinated for HPV.

See below for past articles where we discussed HPV:

To quote Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994):

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue.

Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sister, men’s health is truly a family issue.”

Following is the Presidential Message on Men’s Health Week, 2020:

Each year, in the week leading up to Father’s Day, our Nation recognizes Men’s Health Week to raise awareness of the diseases and illnesses that affect America’s men. By better understanding the unique risk factors that men face, we can promote healthier lifestyles and implement more effective prevention and treatment options for all men. 

Over the past several months, the coronavirus has posed a significant health risk to all Americans. Unfortunately, men are less likely to visit or consult with a medical provider when faced with a medical issue or concern, increasing the chances of complications with any illness, including the coronavirus, that could be avoided with early detection and treatment. Accordingly, it is critical that men who show symptoms of the coronavirus, including shortness of breath, cough, fever, aches, or chills, immediately contact their doctor or healthcare provider. Doing so will ensure that they receive the care they need and help prevent the spread of this disease.

The coronavirus pandemic has also highlighted the challenges to mental health that many Americans face, made worse by isolation, social distancing, and uncertainty. In general, stigma about mental illness, such as depression, has kept countless individuals from getting the help they need. Men in particular are less likely than women to seek treatment for mental health-related concerns. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has enhanced access to health care and treatment services for all health conditions, including mental illness, while also reducing the likelihood of transmission of diseases like coronavirus by expanding tele-health coverage for the duration of this public health emergency. This enables those in need to get care and support from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

This week, as we encourage America’s men to incorporate better health practices into their daily routines, we also recognize the countless Americans who help improve the health and well-being of our Nation. Together, we will build a healthier, happier, and stronger America.

 

Continue your social distancing, wear your masks and protect yourself.

One final easy thing you can do to improve your overall health is to stay hydrated. You may not even realize the things that deplete moisture from your body and its myriad effects. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!