This year marks the 10th anniversary of Men's Health Month. Initiated by a Congressional health education program, Men's Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.
If you're currently struggling or have recently struggled through an illness or injury, there may have been a group of people who were there to help and support you. Whether it was hired help, help provided through insurance or just friends and family volunteering their time, you have probably become close with these people and want to find a way to express your gratitude for the help they provided.
Did you know that the leading cause of disability in the elderly is caused by injury - usually an injury that could be prevented if proper safety concerns were taken into account. June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council is encouraging people across the country to take a risk and safety audit of their homes and habits to help prevent injuries which can lead to life-long disabilities or illnesses.
It's hard to figure out how to help someone through an illness even when you're near them, but being far away can make it even more difficult. However, there are plenty of ways to show your support and be there for a loved one during this difficult time in their lives, even if you're far away.
Here are a few tips on how to show your support and presence to a sick or injured friend.
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States?
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the most common cause of skin cancer, and July is UV Safety Month, which is sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Skin cancer is preventable just by taking a few simple steps, but awareness is key. UV Safety Month encourages families, communities and organizations to work together to spread the word about the damaging effects of skin cancer and ways to prevent it from happening to you or someone you love.
If you know someone who has recently encountered an illness or injury that resulted in a disability, you may be at a loss for what to do, how to send your sympathy and how to help. It's a difficult and delicate situation, but there are plenty of ways you can show your support without coming off as patronizing. Here are just a few ideas:
Summer is the time of year when you want to be outside enjoying the sunshine, the pool, the beach, vacations and more. But for those struggling with an illness or injury, the summer can be a depressing reminder of what they're not able to get out and do. But you can send your friend a summertime pick-me-up with Get Well Meal.
When someone is dealing with an illness or injury, they rarely do it alone. If you know someone who is dealing with this, it's likely that their spouse, parents, children, siblings and other close family and friends or even caregivers are dealing with it along with them.
When someone you love is going through a difficult time or is ill or injured, people will rally around them and do whatever they can to help. In many cases, and most historically, people have brought food to people as they go deal with sickness. But as this tradition evolved, people began to realize too much food was coming in all at once, overwhelming the ill, and leaving much of the food to go to waste.
When you've got a friend or loved one who is dealing with illness your natural reaction is probably to offer support and assistance. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what kind of help might be most helpful.