June 01, 2021
Men's Health Awareness Month
in Miami 2021
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Men's Health Awareness month is intended to increase awareness and promote early diagnosis and prevention of diseases among men for preventable health issues. Despite the progress in healthcare and stats that suggests longer lifetimes, men are still dying nearly five years earlier than women. In general analyses, men pay less attention to their health than the average woman. Compared to women, men are more likely to-
drink alcohol and use tobacco
not see a doctor for regular checkups
make risky choices
Men's Health Month is celebrated annually to raise awareness of health problems faced by all men. Hosted since 1922, the month is focused on a wide range of national screening and education campaigns to enrich men's health and well-being. Since 1994, the month of June has been selected as National Men’s Health Month by the Congressional Health Program, which is also recognized by the White House, public and private healthcare providers, as well as policymakers.
This month offers health professionals, policy-makers, the media, and people a chance to inspire men and boys to pursue guidance and early attention to illness and disability daily. The response has been tremendous with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the other continents.
Statistics/Health Related Issue
Men are always less concerned about their health. A study shows that most men (approx. 60%) consult with their doctor once a year, but just 42% of the men consult their doctor when they are seriously concerned about their health, including gastrointestinal issues, bedroom problems, or urinary problems. As these are rather private, 48% of men say they tend to their wives or partners, rather than relatives, parents, or siblings.
Apart from the diseases that can affect anyone like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, depression, etc. men also face unique diseases like prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement. Raising awareness about prostate cancer is a must during this month.
Prostate cancer is the world's most dominant non-skin cancer and the second leading trigger of cancer fatality in men in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 175,000 new cases of prostate cancer patients diagnosed each year. Due to the slow growth of prostate carcinogenicity, most cases of prostate cancers are detected through routine testing. Men over 50 are more likely to develop prostate cancer. Also, men who have a family history of prostate cancer have a greater risk for developing prostate cancer.
Throughout June there will be many events in Miami that are related to men’s health. On June 5, United For Mental Health Awareness will host the “First Annual 5k For Mental Health Awareness”. Where participants will run, jog, or walk their way down Miami Beach and cross the finish line at the Fontainebleau. The goal is to inform people about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and anxiety. On the same day at Ocean Life Studio, Miami Beach, a Kizomba Tango Fusion workshop will take place. Ocean Life Studio also offers Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Nutritionist services, Capoeira and more. They have certified and experienced trainers.
On June 6, the “2021 Miami Barber Health & Wealth Summit” will also take place at the Miami beach. The presenters there will be offered to speak on topics about health and wealth.
Within June is Men’s Health Week, (June 14–20, in 2021) which contains several activities highlighted online with the hashtag #MensHealthWeek. The week is illuminated by Wear Blue Day, which helps spread the knowledge of Men’s Health Month.
The Wear Blue day is chosen from any day of the week. Created by Men’s Health Network, the day is to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices, regular annual visits to the doctor, education on heart disease or diabetes, and erasing the stigma of self-care by beginning health-related conversations with male friends. As the name suggests, Wear Blue day is celebrated by wearing head-to-toe blue work attire and choosing blue accessories. Educational events to raise awareness, as well as donations, can also be a big part of the day.