Health Topics of the Month
June Awareness Activities
PTSD Awareness Month
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. There are factors that can increase the chance someone will develop PTSD, and these are often not under that person's control. Even though PTSD treatments work, most people who have PTSD don't get the help they need.
During PTSD Awareness Month, you have the power to spread the word that effective PTSD treatments are available! For more information on understanding PTSD, visit the online resource guide. Are you a Veteran? A Veteran's Crisis Line is also available.
Men’s Health Month
Did you know?
- Women are more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventative services.
- On average, men in the United States die 5 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from the three leading causes of death, heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries.
June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men and boys. This month, we are focusing on encouraging boys, men, and their families to take control of their health by practicing and implementing healthy living decisions, and teaching young boys healthy habits throughout childhood. Many health conditions can be detected early with regular checkups from your healthcare provider. Depending on your age, sex, and medical history, you may need to be screened for things like:
This June, make it your goal to book your annual medical visit by the end of the month!
National Fresh Fruits & Veggies Month
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of an overall healthy eating plan because they’re typically high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber and low in calories and saturated fat. Some of these practical tips don’t require a lot of changes to the way your family eats, check them out below:
- Pack portable, easy-to-eat fruits and veggies in your work or school bag, and avoid vending machine temptations.
- Have a meatless meal once a week. Think vegetable lasagna, portobello mushroom “burgers”, or grilled veggie kabobs.
- Fill out a sandwich with fruits and veggies. Try sliced or shredded vegetables like beets, carrots, celery, cucumbers, onions, peppers, radishes, tomatoes, and zucchini and/or sliced fruits like apple, avocado, and pear.
- Keep frozen and canned fruits and vegetables on hand for when you need to throw together a meal in a hurry. Compare food labels and choose items without sauces and too much sodium.
- Work fruits and vegetables into your family’s favorite dishes.
- Make adding fruits and veggies to meals a snap by cutting them up and keeping them in the fridge. They’ll also be handy for snacking!
- When eating out, ask if you can substitute a fruit cup or side salad for fries and other less-healthy sides.
- Top yogurt, oatmeal and cereal with berries or sliced fruit.
- Make fruit popsicles. Freeze 100 percent juice or pureed fruit in an ice tray or popsicle mold.
- Add spinach, peppers or mushrooms into scrambled eggs and omelets.
- Enjoy fruit for dessert most days and limit traditional desserts to special occasions.
- Make it fun for kids to try new fruits and veggies. Let them pick out a new fruit or vegetable in the grocery store each week, and figure out together how to cook or prepare it. You might end up expanding your palate as well!
- Keep a bowl of whole fruit handy on the desk, table or countertop.
Did you know that when fruits and vegetables are in season they are much cheaper? Some of your favorites, like blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, tomatoes, and cucumbers, are all in season right now! Learn more by using this Seasonal Produce Guide.
National Healthy Homes Month
This month offers an opportunity to learn more about housing and its impact on health. Our goal is to provide resources to empower families to protect themselves from hazards in their home. Millions of homes in the United States have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and high radon gas levels. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses like asthma and radon-induced lung cancer, and lead poisoning.
The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) has promoted the ‘Principles of a Healthy Home’. These principles are to keep your home:
To help you on your journey to a happy, healthy, and safe home, please use the following resources from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:
Pet Preparedness Month
June is National Pet Preparedness Month. While you should be prepared for pet emergencies year-round, this month offers an important reminder to review your family’s emergency plans and ensure you’ve incorporated a plan for your pets as well. Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere and can take many different forms, follow these steps to help prepare you and your pets for a disaster.
- Update identification. Make sure your pet wears current identification at all times that includes his name, rabies tag, and your cell phone number since you will not be at home.
- Keep your pet’s records. Create a file for each pet that contains health history, vaccination dates, and a recent photo. Keep the file in a safe and secure place.
- Research animal-friendly places. If a disaster forces you to evacuate, the best thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them as well. Know where you can take your pet in the event of an emergency. Evacuation shelters and pet-friendly hotels outside a 60-mile radius of your home are good places to start. Websites like BringFido.com and GoPetFriendly.com offer searchable directories of pet-friendly lodging options.
- Gather emergency supplies. Keep extra leashes, bowls, newspapers, trash bags, cat litter, litter pans and at least a five-day supply of pet food and water on hand. Be sure you have a pet first aid kit as well.
- Get a carrier. Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each pet. Carriers should be large enough for the pet to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably.
- Communicate your plan. Make sure that the other people you rely on for your pet’s care, like your pet sitter, are privy to your specific pet-care plan in case you are away from home when a disaster strikes.
HIV Testing Day (June 27)
More info coming soon!
National Safety Month (NSM) is an annual month-long observance in the United States each June. During National Safety Month, individuals and organizations participate by making efforts to reduce the leading causes of unintentional injury and death at work, on the road, and in homes and communities. National Safety Month highlights four leading causes of preventable injury and death on a national scale, providing the latest information and resources in effort to help keep more people safe.
Learn more from the National Safety Council!