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Men’s Health Week: June 13-19, 2011

By on June 12, 2011
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Did you know Men’s Health Week officially runs from June 13-19, 2011? The goal of the designated week aims to raise the profile of men’s health at the community and national level. It’s an opportunity to take a look at your own health and decide whether there is something you can do to improve – through stress management, diet, exercise, stress management or a regular check-up with your doctor.

Healthyblackmen.org wants to encourage you to do something so our team has compiled a “starter kit” of online resources as well as simple suggestions to get started. While the men’s health week is a limited time, healthyblackmen.org wants you to take a lifetime approach to your health. Our list of health options is a triple threat to good health.

Mind

  • Pick a day and take a “real mental health day” but don’t tell anyone and simply find a way to enjoy yourself and relax. Whether it’s a day at the gym, the spa, or holding court on the couch—go for it!
  • If the economy, a relationship, etc. has got you down, take time out for psychotherapy. Talking to someone privately who only is focused on you is a great way to release mental stressors. Counseling works!
  • Go out with the boys and have fun. Socializing can increase our sense of “connectedness” and even busy fellas need to hang out once in awhile.

Body

  • Make a decision to eat better and/or exercise this week and it just might last a lifetime. Don’t try to overhaul your life, make small steps that are manageable.
  • Make an appointment for a physical exam. If you are over 40, consider a prostate exam as well.
  • Sexually active men should not only consider an HIV test or a test for other sexually transmitted infections, but also consider different sexual behaviors to reduce your risk infection in the first place. Sex is fun but HIV disease is not. Be different.

Soul

  • Do something good for somebody else who will never be able to repay you. Paying it forward just feels good. Be intentional.
  • Regardless of religious affiliation, agnostic, or atheist, consider taking some “private time” for 15-20 minutes every day this week to simply be alone with your thoughts. No distractions or agenda—just stillness. You will find you become energized after each session.

Resources for Men:

Domestic Violence Prevention for Men: Resource from the state of Maine with a hotline number available to anyone, anywhere. Also checkout the Menscenter for lots of other great resources and organizations to help.

Mental Health: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI): Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for information on HIV/AIDS services in your area.

Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive within your community, connecting to friends and having an active body and an active mind. Remember life is not a dress rehearsal, so live well this time around.

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