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Men's Health: Engaging Men in Wellness

Posted Jun 04 2010 12:00am
When I say " employee wellness ," what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Cholesterol screenings? Flu shots? Lunch-and-learns? I'm sure everyone thinks of something different.

June is Men's Health Month , which means it's a great time to think about the men in your employee population. Are your wellness initiatives speaking to them? Too often, I think, wellness programs fail to emphasize men's health issues.

Here are just a few ideas to engage men:
  • Provide information on preventive screenings that apply specifically to them. If your medical plan covers these screenings, let them know! Direct the men in your population to the many free resources provided by the CDC and the Mayo Clinic .
  • Try organizing a competitive weight loss or fitness challenge . (If you need help, drop us a line .) The competitions we've designed for our clients consistently generate high participation rates among men.
  • Team sports improve morale, enhance camaraderie, and they're an excellent way to get people moving. When we survey our clients, men often express an interest in forming company teams. Take advantage of that interest and make it happen!
What other ideas do you have to get men involved in wellness? I'd love to read your experiences, so be sure to leave a comment below.

Gracias to Debbie, our resident snake-wrestler , for suggesting today's blog.
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