Men’s Health Initiative

Celebrated in June, Men’s Health Month raises awareness of preventable health problems in men, to encourage early detection and participation in preventative care and wellness programs.

Currently, men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women and are at higher risk for 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death. Men are also at a greater risk of death in every age group. Although more males than females are born (105 vs 100), women outnumber men by age 35. One of the main factors is that men are less likely to see physicians for regular checkups and are also less likely to participate in wellness programs.

All month long, we will share men’s health facts to raise awareness and support men in taking steps to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook – @WellatUF.

How to Observe National Men’s Health Month

Get Educated
  • Watch this brief Men’s Health Workshop recording for a closer look into men’s health, and explore the events and resources below to see how you can make your health a priority throughout June.
  • Take control of your health by getting a yearly check-up from your healthcare provider. This fact sheet provided by the Men’s Health Network covers 12 important health concerns for men’s health.
  • Preventive screenings are one of the best tools we have to maintain our health. Use this brochure to find a schedule of checkups and age-appropriate screenings for men and women. Regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings can improve your health and extend your life. Members of high-risk groups, or those with a family history of a disease, should consult their healthcare provider about the need for earlier screening.
Be Active
  • Regular physical activity can be an effective and simple way to improve health outcomes. We have curated a list of physical activity resources to help support your journey to be more active.
  • Register for the Healthy Lifestyle Program to learn how healthy eating and regular activity can have a tremendous impact on overall health.
Mental Health Resources
  • Recognizing the signs that you or someone you love may have a mental disorder is the first step toward getting treatment. The earlier that treatment begins, the more effective it can be.
  • Take the Head Inspection for a quick evaluation of where you excel and where improvements are needed.
  • Remember that the Employee Assistance Program is available to you and offers up to 6 free sessions per family member per year. Simply call the toll-free number 833.306.0103 (TTY: 800.697.0353). Your toll-free number gives you direct, 24/7 access to a licensed counselor, who will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to a counselor or other resources.
Take the Health Quiz

Take the Time Out For Men’s Health Quiz to evaluate your risk for certain men’s health concerns, such as heart disease and low testosterone. Use the quizzes to prepare for your next doctor’s appointment. Additionally, the Time Out For Women’s Health Quiz is available for women to prepare for their next appointment and to evaluate your risk for relevant health concerns.

Wear Blue Day

Whether alone or as a department, we encourage you to wear blue on Friday, June 17, to raise awareness about the importance of men’s health. Take a picture of yourself or your unit and post it on and help spread the word on Men’s Health. Find us @WellatUF on  Instagram, Twitter, Facebook