Men’s Health: Supporting the Men in our Lives | MOM STRONG

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MOM STRONG is Miami Mom Collective’s health and wellness initiative. We are excited to bring you monthly health and wellness events and digital content themes to help you grow in prioritizing yourself and your family wherever you are in your health and wellness journey!

We’ll be popping up at gyms, fitness studios, and green spaces all over town every month. Our 1st MOM STRONG event was March 13th at Lox Fitness, followed by Full Moon Yoga at Trump National Doral on April 6th, Infrared Cardio with Cosmo Contour on April 28th, Lit & Lean Silent Disco at The Gates Hotel on May 19th, and VXN Dance Fitness with Cha Cha at Lincoln’s Beard Brewery on June 13th.

Upcoming MOM STRONG Event

July 24 | Classes at Shake Backyard at 9:30 & 10 AM

Tickets are $15 per person, and you can purchase yours here.

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June’s MOM STRONG Theme: Men’s Health

With the celebration of Father’s Day last month, we’re putting the spotlight on men’s health awareness and exploring how we can actively support the men in our lives. Men’s health is not limited to being an individual concern; it significantly impacts the entire family. The well-being of men has far-reaching effects on their loved ones. By sharing valuable information and actionable tips, we can help create a healthier future for everyone. So let’s dive right in!

How to Support the Men in Our Lives

Image: A dad plays with his toddler-aged daughter

1. Prioritizing Mental Health

Men’s mental health is often overlooked or stigmatized, but it’s essential that we create a supportive environment for the men in our lives. Here are some practical ways to actively support their mental well-being:

  • Encourage open conversations: Create a safe space for men to express their emotions and share their challenges without judgment. Let them know it’s okay to ask for help when needed.
  • Be a good listener: When they open up about their struggles, be present and actively listen. Offer empathy, understanding, and validation to show that their feelings are valued.
  • Promote self-care practices: Help them understand the importance of self-care. Encourage activities like engaging in hobbies, practicing mindfulness, or taking breaks to recharge.

2. Establishing Healthy Habits Together

Supporting the men in our lives goes beyond just encouraging them; it also involves actively engaging in healthy habits together. Here are some ways to make a positive impact:

  • Cook and eat nutritious meals together: Collaborate on meal planning and preparation. Encourage the exploration of new healthy recipes and make shared mealtimes a regular occasion.
  • Plan active outings: Suggest activities that involve physical movement, such as hiking, playing sports, or going for bike rides together. This not only promotes exercise but also strengthens your bond.
  • Lead by example: Show them how you prioritize your own health and well-being. By demonstrating healthy habits, you inspire them to follow suit and take care of themselves.

How to Raise Awareness

Image: A dad with his sons

Sharing knowledge and raising awareness about men’s health is a powerful way to support the men in our lives and the wider community. Here’s how we can make a difference:

  • Share relevant resources: Send articles, videos, or podcasts that provide valuable information about men’s health topics. Help them stay informed and encourage further exploration.
  • Organize health-related events: Host workshops, webinars, or community gatherings focused on men’s health awareness. Invite experts to speak and facilitate discussions that address common concerns.
  • Advocate for preventive care: Emphasize the importance of regular check-ups, screenings, and early detection. Encourage them to schedule appointments and support them in following through.

3 Things Men Can Do to Be Healthier

  • Eat healthier: Add more fruits and vegetables to your plate and limit processed, sugary food.
  • Get moving: Participate in activities you enjoy and you will continue doing. Make a goal to get in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day.
  • Make prevention a priority: Schedule regular screenings and doctor’s visits. Most health conditions can be detected early or prevented with routine checkups.

Online Resources

Menshealthmonth.org
MensHealthNetwork.org
GetItChecked.com
MensHealthResourceCenter.com

Actively supporting the men in our lives requires compassion, understanding, and action.

By fostering open conversations, engaging in healthy habits together, and raising awareness, we can make a tangible difference in their overall well-being. Let’s continue to be advocates for men’s health and inspire others to do the same.

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Meet Illiett! Known to walk at the beat of her own drum. She strives for constant growth and isn’t afraid of the climb to achieve it. Illiett is an energetic and soul-spirited wife and mom to a supportive husband of 13 years and momma to a dynamic duo: Kash and Maui. This pair are collectively her tropical island and the proud owners of all her grey hairs (ha). Her children’s busy sports schedule has allowed her to master the very gracious bleacher hop which she wouldn’t trade for the world. Being a mom is just one of her many passion projects. When she is not working her corporate 9 to 5, she picks up her second wind and works on her side hustle. The need to have a creative outlet and a full calendar has always been something that drives her. Illiett has set out to use her past teaching and communications degrees - as well as her innate passion for inspiring to create connections through motivational speaking and DIY workshops. Her recent project of #Chasinbalance is a platform that allows her to empower and provide resources through Intentional Vision Board sessions, Wellness Retreats, DIY’s, and Fitness guidance. She invites you to follow along @illiett to experience the journey of balancing the unpredictable mom-preneur life.