It’s time for some action on Black/African American men’s health! Far too frequently we find ourselves mourning the untimely death of another Black/African American male. We must face the fact that, compared to all other demographics, Black/African American men live the shortest and sickest lives, and we must confront this truth with action.
June is Men’s Health Month, so take some time to learn more about the unique health risks that Black/African American men face and how they can reduce their risk for preventable diseases. Although we are aware that racism, high incarceration rates, unemployment, poverty, lack of access to quality medical care and social services, and many other issues contribute to the health disparity impacting Black/African American men, we can encourage ourselves and the Black/African American males in our lives to make lifestyle choices that promote good health. As more and more Black/African American males commit to eating a healthy diet, being physically active, avoiding drugs and excess alcohol, getting regular health checkups—including mental health checkups, and seeking early treatment for disease and injury, the overall health status of Black/African American males will improve.
Men’s Health Week is Monday, June 13th until Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19th. If you want to take action on Black Men’s Health this Men’s Health Month, tell a Black/African American man you know about AAHP’s programs and services, especially AAHP’s Health Promotion classes (view the schedule here). Follow and share AAHP’s content on social media.