June 2016
Health Observances 

The month of June is designated as Men's Health Month. The purpose of Men's Health Month is to increase the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, policy makers, the media, and others an opportunity to motivate men and boys to seek routine medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. One important disease that requires greater attention is prostate cancer. Studies have shown that there are over 30 million men who suffer from prostate ailments that effect their quality of life. Each year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die from it. To learn more about men's health, visit the following resources Men's Health Network, Wear BLUE, and Men's Health History.

During the month of June, National Safety Month focuses on decreasing the leading causes of injuries and deaths at work, on the road, as well as at home and in the community. It's no secret that safety is not to be taken lightly, and each person needs an informed sense of safety awareness - whether it's a new teenage driver on the road for the first time, a worker following occupational safety rules, or a person checking the label on a medicine bottle. Healthfinder.gov raises awareness on important issues such as medication safety, prescription painkiller abuse, biking, driving, and the workplace.

Tips for Safe Biking:
  • Get acquainted with traffic laws; cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists.
  • Know your bike's capabilities.
  • Ride single-file in the direction of traffic, and watch for opening car doors and other hazards.
National Safety Council provides important insights regarding the safe use of painkillers: 
  • Be aware that people who take opioid painkillers can quickly develop a tolerance to and dependence on this class of drug.
  • Learn how to get rid of painkillers properly and what constitutes safe storage. 
  • Learn what legal measures are being taken to address drug overdose.
  • Learn why ibuprofen and acetaminophen when taken together form one of the strongest oral treatments for pain and how opioids delay recovery from injury or surgery.
Each week in June, the National Safety Council Mission will provide information and related resources for important safety topics:
  • Week 1: Stand Ready to Respond
  • Week 2: Be Healthy
  • Week 3: Watch Out for Dangers
  • Week 4: Share Roads Safely
To be more involved during National Safety Month visit the National Safety Council.

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