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June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

  • June 9, 2021

 

Men’s Health Awareness Month

June not only serves as the official start to the summer, but it also has become known as Men’s Health Awareness Month. The purpose of dedicating an entire month to the topic of men’s health is because despite all that we now know about living a healthy lifestyle, men in particular still face many issues when it comes to maintaining proper wellness habits. While June is meant to promote awareness among men, everyone can play a role in improving the health of the men in their life.

In the United States the average life expectancy of man is 5 years shorter than a woman, additionally men are less likely to seek healthcare in the first place. The reasons most commonly cited for men not seeking treatment are fear of diagnosis, comfortability with exams and ‘macho attitudes’ which refers to the point of view that men should be strong and self-reliant. It has even been reported that up to 20% of men surveyed claim to have only made doctor’s appointments due to pressure from a loved one. While it may be easy to dismiss these reasons as silly behavior, they are real barriers that prevent men from addressing their health needs. Men’s Health Awareness Month is meant in part to address this stigma and help men over the road blocks that stand between them and good health.

The differences in health between men and women were further illuminated during the COVID-19 pandemic while women were statistically more likely to contract the coronavirus, men were at a greater risk to perish from the disease. June of this year is probably the most important of any previous to take inventory where you stand with your personal health. To reassess what you eat, schedule an appointment with your doctor and to exercise when you can.

There are four themes to coincide with each week of June encouraging men to take an active role in improving their health.

  • Week 1: Get Up and Go Get Screened
  • Week 2: Get Up and Eat a Healthy Meal
  • Week 3: Get Up and Go Exercise
  • Week 4: Get Up and Go Outdoors

Everything that we do starts with health whether that is our physical, mental or social health. June should not only be a month to enjoy yourself, but to take the necessary steps that will improve both your short term and long term health.

For more information about the Men’s Health program at Whittier Street Health Center, please contact Robert Edwards, Community Relations Manager a 617-989-3028 or at Robert.edwards@wshc.org

Your Health is your Wealth!

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).