It’s a Guy (Health) Thing in June

It’s fitting to celebrate Men’s Health Month in the same timeframe as Father’s Day.

Recognized each June, Men’s Health Month is a reminder to dads, brothers, husbands, sons and grandfathers to make their health a priority.

Resources include online messaging and educational toolkits from Men’s Health Network, a national nonprofit organization, to alert boys and men to best health practices and disease awareness. The campaign is offered in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A Guy Thing

Although all should focus on the basics of good health – regular physician check-ups, nutritious eating, moderate physical activity and mental health awareness ­– men are susceptible to certain conditions:

Resources to Help

Attention to a healthy lifestyle begins by establishing a relationship with a family doctor. Check the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan or the Physicians Health Plan provider directories to find one in your insurance plan's network.

All U-M Health Plans cover annual preventive visits at 100 percent with no cost share. If in-person appointments still make you uncomfortable, no worries: Telehealth in-network medical visits conducted through your computer or smart device are covered with no cost share through June 30, 2020.

Establishing a baseline of your health will help you and your doctor set goals for a healthier lifestyle. Here’s a complete list of screenings for all ages covered through
U-M’s Health Plans

Help from MHealthy

Not sure where to start? MHealthy offers a number of programs to improve your physical and mental health, whether it’s a virtual meditation class, tobacco cessation program or tips for your aching back.

MHealthy also offers an alcohol management program to help assess your habits, whether your goal is to reduce consumption or stop drinking entirely.

Workplace Fitness for All

If you’re not quite ready to go back to the gym, you can work up a sweat with virtual workouts through Working at U-M Workplace group. From HIIT cardio, to strength training, to yoga and guided meditation, your daily dose of endorphins is waiting – at no charge. All you need is a bit of space and a smart screen!

Go Blue for Men’s Health

You can show your support on Friday, June 19, Wear Blue Day. Take a photo of your group wearing blue, post it with a #ShowUsYourBlue hashtag on social media, and you’ll spread the word about Men’s Health Month initiatives.

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