Men's Health Week

International Men’s Health Week 2024 is 10-16 June

Men’s Health Week is 30 years old this year! It began in the U.S. in 1994 following a Senate Joint Resolution to establish the Week by Senator Bob Dole. The Week was linked to Father’s Day in the U.S. (the Week always ends on that Day, the third Sunday in June) and it became an international event in 2002 when it was first marked in the UK. It has since been adopted in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and beyond. The Week provides an opportunity for a wide range of organizations and individuals to draw attention to the poor state of men’s health, organize activities that engage men, and advocate changes to health policy and practice. In short, it puts men’s health on the map both nationally and globally.

Watch this space for details of what our members will be up to.

Men’s Health Week 2023

Last year, these were some of the themes.

The Men’s Health Forum in Ireland‘s theme was ‘The Picture of Health’ and is asking men to think about ‘what does that look like to you?’ and to set a simple goal – and go for it!

The Men’s Health Forum (Great Britain) looked at the impact of the internet on men’s health. The iPhone was born in 2007. Those born in the same year will turn 16 this year. They’ve grown up with a high-performance computer in their pocket. What are the implications for men’s health? That’s the question the Forum was looking at with a focus on ‘internet-fuelled’ addictions including pornography and gambling.

In Australia, the Centre for Male Health focused on Healthy Habits, encouraging men and boys to build healthy habits by identifying small changes they can make that benefit their health and wellbeing. To celebrate this theme and to support organisations, groups and individuals during Men’s Health Week, the Australian Men’s Health Forum released a new Know Your Man Facts toolkit called ‘Exercise + Men’s Health.’ The toolkit included a tailor-made presentation, complete with speaker notes and social media graphics that can be shared across a variety of communication channels. There was also an infographic summarising key points and suggestions to make Men’s Health Week activities interactive.

The Canadian Men’s Health Foundation extended the Week into a Men’s Health Month emphasising the benefits of physical activity, ‘one step at a time’. One initiative was to encourage men to ‘park far away wherever you go’ and to share the distant parking place on social media.

In the USA, the Men’s Health Network also had a Men’s Health Month, part of which was ‘Wear Blue Day’ on 16 June.

And in Germany, the Men’s Health Foundation highlighted the important role of Men’s Sheds in tackling social isolation in older men.

GAMH will launched its new report on men and global cancer policy, Gone Missing, to mark the start of an advocacy campaign to ensure that men’s needs are properly reflected in national and international cancer policies.

For more information about what’s happening during Men’s Health Week around the world, visit Men’s Health Network’s international web page.

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Our monthly eBulletin is out. Catch up with the latest news in the May issue and sign up for future editions. https://mailchi.mp/037e3db51b73/gamh-ebulletin-may24

Controversies in Men's Health will look at how men’s health needs are being met by HCPs, covering topics from mental health to the latest technologies for early diagnosis and what can be improved.

Thursday 23 May online.

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In sub-Saharan African countries where homosexuality is legal, gay and bisexual men were twice as likely to have ever tested for HIV compared to countries where it’s illegal, according to a BMJ study

In men with obesity, a 12-month intervention consisting of text messaging with financial incentives resulted in modest but statistically significant weight loss compared with control. https://ja.ma/3V0KkPW #ECO2024

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