The statistics surrounding men\u2019s health can be daunting. On average, men live five\u00a0years fewer than women. They also have a higher death rate for most of the leading causes of death, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and suicide. One in two men will develop cancer in their lifetimes.\r\n\r\nTo top it\u00a0off, men aren\u2019t always diligent about going to see a doctor for regular checkups. Women visit a physician twice as much as men.\r\n\r\nJune is Men\u2019s Health Month sponsored by the Men\u2019s Health Network. The main goal of the observance is to change those statistics.\r\n\r\nAnd that\u2019s where you come in.\r\n\r\nIf you are a man, when was the last time you visited a doctor? Even if you feel fine, periodic physical exams give you a baseline so you and your doctor can monitor your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as changes you could make to improve your health as you get older.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re a woman, consider giving the men in your life \u2014 husband, father, sons, brothers, friends \u2014 a nudge to see a doctor and, if applicable, to make better choices when it comes to diet and exercise.\r\n\r\nWomen tend to pay more attention to their health and their increased likelihood of seeing a doctor can put them in a good position to advise the men in their lives to do the same.\r\n\r\nThe Men\u2019s Health Network tells the story of a woman named Ashley who had to convince her husband, who was having chest pains, to go to the hospital. When he finally listened, he was surprised to find out that he\u00a0had an advanced heart attack.\r\n\r\nFor partners or relatives who must do some convincing, here is advice that might help:\r\n\r\nFind health providers who have weekend and evening appointments.\r\n\r\nSchedule simultaneous appointments for both of you and plan to do something together afterwards.\r\n\r\nRecruit male friends or relatives with good health habits to help reinforce the message.\r\n\r\nPoint out the connection between good health and good physical and mental performance in sports, work, stamina, etc.\r\n\r\nPoint out that his children will be influenced by the example he sets \u2014 and that there\u2019s a better chance that he will be around longer to see their milestones if he takes better care of himself.\r\n\r\nFind ways to exercise that are enjoyable to both of you. You can spend more time together, too.\r\n\r\nMonongalia County Health Department can help, too. Our Clinical Services program offers both routine vaccinations as well as those\u00a0you might need when traveling abroad.\r\n\r\nThe Environmental Health program offers radon testing. Monongalia County is known to have higher levels of this poisonous gas than some other areas, so it\u2019s important to get your home checked out.\r\n\r\nNational Women\u2019s Health Week, presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, encompasses Mother\u2019s Day. Likewise, Men\u2019s Health Month takes advantage of the upcoming\r\n\r\nFather\u2019s Day holiday to provide one more way to celebrate the men in our lives. That\u2019s why Wear Blue Friday for men\u2019s health is on June 15, two days before Father\u2019s Day.\r\n\r\nSo, don blue on Friday. If you\u2019re a man, make an appointment to see a doctor. And if there are men in your life you care about, let them know how much they mean to you by encouraging them to adopt healthier habits.