The Osage County Health Department is joining the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in celebrating National Men’s Health Week through Sunday. A goal of this weeklong observance is to encourage men to take steps toward improving their physical and mental health.

Men are urged to schedule an annual check-up, be active, eat healthy and pay attention to their mental health. Good mental health is important to help cope with stress and avoid unhealthy behaviors like substance abuse. A healthy diet and regular physical activity promote good mental health.

According to the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan, mental health and substance abuse issues are among the most pressing concerns facing our state today. The latest health rankings place Oklahoma as 49th in the nation for mental illness among adults.

“Mental health is a vital part of a man’s overall health. When men take charge of their health, individuals, families, and communities benefit,” said Regional Director Larry Bergner. “Improving the health of Oklahoma men is an important part of shaping our state’s future.”

In observance of Men’s Health Week, the Osage County Health Department encourages the community to wear blue on Friday. Also, the Osage County Health Department offers men’s wellness checks every Monday and Friday to men without vasectomies. Call the Osage County Health Department at 918-287-3740 for appointments and/or more information.

OSDH has created a men’s and women’s health tool box which features reliable, useful online resources located at http://go.usa.gov/x5peB. For additional resources on men’s health, visit http://www.menshealthmonth.org/. For information about men’s reproductive health and supporting healthy birth outcomes see Prescription for a Healthy Future at https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/Prescription.pdf.