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Making Men’s Health a Priority

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June is Men’s Health Month

This month we get to celebrate the men, especially the dads, in our lives. June is also dedicated to men’s health. The overall goal of Men’s Health Month is to inspire men to make personal health a priority. It’s an opportunity to bring awareness to preventable health issues men face and to inspire action for improvement. As individuals we can do our best to create these opportunities for the significant males in our own lives. As business owners and leaders we can also provide healthier workplaces and communities to reach and support all men.

Why is it important to encourage men to make their health a priority? Responsibilities from work, family and community often take precedence over one’s personal health. Coupled with the issue that men tend to be more likely to ignore possible signs of illness and forgo annual physicals and suggested screenings, serious health risk prevalence can be higher. This can have a significant impact on males both professionally and personally.

Awareness. Education. Action.

“There is a silent health crisis in America…it’s the fact that on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.”  -Dr. David Gremillion, Men’s Health Network

  • Men are 25% less likely to have visited their doctor than women within the last year.
  • Male deaths before the age of 75 is 14.1% higher than females.
  • At birth, males outnumber females 105:100; at age 65-74 the ratio is 80:100.
  • 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer in his lifetime.
  • More men die from heart disease than women with 450,000 deaths each year.
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime.
  • Statistics show, men are less likely to be proactive about their health than women.
  • Although prevalence of certain chronic diseases for men may be similar, or in some cases lower than women, men tend to be further along in the progression of a condition’s symptoms before they seek medical attention. This often results in more costly care and treatment.

Men’s Health in the Workplace

Men’s Health Month is a great opportunity for health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men have to begin to see their health as a top priority. By providing opportunities to men that encourage behavior change, early detection, screening, and proper treatment we can begin to close this gender gap.

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What can you do to encourage improved health in your male population?

Find ways to make it part of your company culture. The culture of a workplace can often dictate how comfortable men feel in discussing their health issues. A workplace that supports discussion around men’s issues, and encourages open and honest conversation will be more likely to inspire men to take health serious. One-on-one health coaching is a great way to achieve this in a private and comfortable environment.

Ensure men have access to useful and relevant information through your wellness and safety programming. Give resources and referrals to health professionals when necessary. Look for opportunities to bring specific health services to your workplace. This can help to break down barriers for men who need to see a health professional. It also demonstrates your commitment to their health and well-being.

Acknowledge the positive role that male workers play outside the workplace. Men who know they are valued for their roles as fathers, brothers, and members of the community in addition to their career talents, will be more inclined to look after themselves. Men’s Health Month, Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day all take place in June and create an opportunity for this kind of recognition in the workplace.

Consider a more customized approach. It is important to develop a workplace wellness program that includes and benefits all employees. But if you know the majority or your male population or members of your upper suite are not engaging or taking their healthcare seriously, you may want to consider a more targeted program. A program like our Executive Wellness Coaching Program may be more suited to their individual needs and / or busy schedule. Contact us for more detailed information on this program or read our brochure: Executive Wellness Coaching Program.

SB Wellness Group

Katie Uworksite wellness, corporate wellness specialists, wellness consultant, workplace ergonomics, employee safetyter Normand is Vice President of SB Wellness Group. SB Wellness has been helping businesses develop customized solutions  for wellness programs for more than 20 years. From planning and implementation to screening and data collection, we orchestrate each stage of the wellness development process. Find out more at www.sbwellness.com.

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