Encouraging Men’s Health

It’s National Men’s Health Week, Sunday is Father’s Day and many of us are considering what we can do for the men in our lives. Research shows that by taking an interest in their well-being — and speaking up — women can help men be healthier.

Men face unique social and biological factors that can negatively affect their health, but they are less likely than women to get the health care they need. In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that women are 100 percent more likely than men to seek preventive health care. This week, the CDC released a study by the National Center for Health Statistics finding that married men are more likely than cohabitating or single men to visit the doctor — because, the CDC notes, “their spouses encourage them to do so.”

The New York Times recently published an article about men’s health clinics. Combining medical and cosmetic services, they aim to create an inviting atmosphere for men who might not otherwise seek professional medical attention.

Kaiser Permanente shares a short podcast to help women encourage healthy habits in the men they care about. In it, Sean Hashmi, M.D., an internal medicine specialist and nephrologist in Woodland Hill, Calif., talks about a major trigger for men’s health: stress. He also recommends that all of us improve our sleep habits, eat more vegetables and engage in healthy activities.

On its blog, Rocky Mountain Health Plans shares “A Man’s Guide to Setting Healthy Living Goals” and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force offers screening recommendations for adults — male and female.

Tweet us (@_ACHP) and let us know what you do to improve your (or your loved one’s) health.

Rachel Horn, ACHP Intern