June is when summer gets into full swing with BBQs, swimming pools, vacations and sunny days. Did you know June is also Men’s Health Month? It’s a time to bring focus to men’s health awareness and show support for all the men in our lives – whether it’s dad, grandpa, uncle, brother, son or friend.
June was selected as Men’s Health Month because it coincides with Father’s Day, just like Women’s Health Month is in May because of Mother’s Day. Although maintaining good health is a year-round endeavor, these designated months help bring attention to the importance of caring for ourselves and loved ones.
As members of the healthcare community in Northeastern Ohio, Community Care Ambulance wants to promote health not only through the emergency services we provide but also through education. We use our blog to share information about health issues that are important in the areas we serve.
Men’s Health Statistics Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death for both men and women. However, almost twice as many men as women die of heart disease and significantly more men than women die of most cancers.
On average, men live five years less than women. The average U.S. life expectancy for men is 76.4 but for women it’s 81.2. In 1920 it was 53.6 and 54.6, respectively. We’ve added more than 20 years to our lives, but why is there a growing discrepancy between men and women?
There are several reasons noted by Men’s Health Network including that men take more risks, a higher percentage of men have no health care coverage, and men tend to be employed more often than women in dangerous occupations like construction.
However, one alarming statistic that contributes to men’s shorter life expectancy is that they visit their doctor for preventative care half as much as women. We can improve this number by encouraging men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
How to Get Involved One of the easiest ways to bring men’s health awareness to your community is to encourage your friends and co-workers to wear blue the Friday before Father’s Day. You can also encourage the whole family to participate in fitness activities. Finally, both men and women should make sure to visit their doctor for an annual checkup and follow established guidelines for health screenings and tests.
CCA is one of the largest medical transportation organizations in northeast Ohio. We are a non-profit 501c3 serving Akron, Cleveland and surrounding cities including Andover, Ashtabula, Bedford, Chardon, Concord, Geneva, Lake County, Madison, Middlefield, Munson Township, Oakwood Village, Portage County and Warrensville Heights.
Learn about other ways Community Care Ambulance is committed to the health of our communities – like providing healthcare screenings and CPR instruction. If you have an event or idea that aligns with our mission, please call us at 833-698-5684.