Celebrating Men’s Health Month

Four ways to support healthy habits

by Lauren Hales

Take time this June a celebrate the men in your congregation and encourage their healthy habits and choices. It’s never too late to introduce health education into your congregation. Use these ideas for Men’s Health Month to inspire your own activities and get your congregation better informed on the importance of taking care of their bodies and spirits.

1 | Choose blue.

Start by choosing a Sunday to wear blue in support of Men’s Health. The Men’s Health Network, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread men’s health awareness, sponsors the annual “Wear BLUE” day in recognition of the importance of health education in our communities. Enhance your “Wear BLUE” Sunday with resources from the Men’s Health Network by visiting menshealthlibrary.org, by hosting a bake sale with proceeds going to a local health organization of your church’s choosing, or even by recognizing men in your congregation who have made positive health changes.

2 | Demonstrate fitness.

Does your church have a recreation space? Consider hosting a fitness demonstration to encourage exercise and movement as an important factor for healthy boys and men. See if any members already have ties to a local fitness instructor, sports gym, martial arts studio, or other exercise option with someone who would want to give a class or demonstration to the men of the congregation.

3 | Fundraise.

Are other local organizations or congregations putting on a walk or a run to fundraise for Men’s Health Month initiatives? Put together a team of representatives from your church to participate as a group. Whether it’s walking or running, planning an active event together will show how much the congregation cares about the health of its men and also serve as a fellowship opportunity for members of all ages and abilities.

4 | Facilitate access.

Do you have members in your church who don’t have easy access to health care? In addition to encouraging healthy eating, activity, and education, work with your health ministry team to compile a list of community resources for affordable health care. Often people aren’t aware of what clinics and programs exist in their community that will work with the uninsured and underinsured. Be sure to make this information easily accessible—either on a special “Men’s Health Month” display in the church vestibule, a bulletin board, or even the church e-newsletter or website.

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