Men’s Health Month is Here–How Will You Celebrate?

men's health monthEach year Men’s Health Month is celebrated on the national, state, and local levels. Governors and mayors issue proclamations for Men’s Health Week in their jurisdictions, the week leading up to and including Fathers Day (June 15 – June 21, 2015). Private businesses, government agencies, churches, fraternities, and other organizations host health screenings, educational, and other awareness events. And, most importantly, individual men and women make a commitment toward a healthier lifestyle.

You can start your Men’s Health Month celebration by joining Men’s Health Network @Menshlthnetwork for two Twitter chats during the month.

The first one is TODAY! Just log in to Twitter and follow the hashtag, #MensHealthMonth.

6/2/15 — Chat on men and heart health. Use #MensHealthMonth to join the conversation. From 1PM to 2PM ET.
6/23/15– Chat on men and mental health. #ShowUsYourBlue to join the conversation. From 1PM to 2PM ET.

 

Wear Blue in June
#ShowUsYourBlue
We wear blue to support men’s health and encourage men to make health a priority. Join millions of men and women across the country by wearing blue this June. Send in pictures all month, especially on June 19th for the #ShowUsYourBlue storm.

Take selfies, or pose with co-workers, friends, family, and pets! 

Post photos on social media using #ShowUsYourBlue.

#Men’sHealthMonday: Are Men Becoming the New Women?

tamh - talking - public domain via bing imagesWe use a lot of sex stereotypes in our everyday speech, most of the time without realizing it. Sometimes even the most gender-neutral phrases carry a strong stereotyped message. In most cases, the words are harmless, but other times they’re dangerous.

Take, for example, the word “behave” as it’s often used in schools. For decades, we’ve been telling boys in classrooms that they should “behave” properly: sit still and be quiet—behavior that’s strongly associated with girls. Unfortunately, that’s not the way boys learn best. Boys get the message that girls’ behavior is “right,” and that that there’s something wrong with boy’s behavior. Parents are told that their sons have ADHD, and they rush out to find a doctor who will confirm that “diagnosis.” As a result, way too many boys are drugged unnecessarily.

Read the rest of this article on the Talking About Men’s Health blog, here.

What’s Math Got to Do with It?

Jo Boaler, author of What’s Math Got to Do with It?
Topic:
How teachers and parents can transform mathematics learning and inspire success.
Issues: Why the US is falling behind other industrialized countries in math; new research on the brain and mathematics that is revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of learning and potential; why the math people need is not the same math that’s learned in most classrooms.

Men: Becoming the New Women?

We use a lot of sex stereotypes in our everyday speech, most of the time without realizing it. Sometimes even the most gender-neutral phrases carry a strong stereotyped message. In most cases, the words are harmless, but other times they’re dangerous.
Take, for example, the word “behave” as it’s often used in schools. For decades, we’ve been telling boys in classrooms that they should “behave” properly: sit still and be quiet—behavior that’s strongly associated with girls. Unfortunately, that’s not the way boys learn best. Boys get the message that girls’ behavior is “right,” and that that there’s something wrong with boy’s behavior. Parents are told that their sons have ADHD, and they rush out to find a doctor who will confirm that “diagnosis.” As a result, way too many boys are drugged unnecessarily.

tamh - talking - public domain via bing imagesAnd think about “big boys don’t cry,” another harmless-sounding phrase. But there’s a straight line between “big boys don’t cry” and men’s tendency to avoid going to a doctor until their symptoms become unbearable—an attitude that often leaves them permanently disabled or dead. [Read more…]

The Rhythm of Math + Transforming Math to Inspire Success

rhythm of mathKeith Terry, co-author of Rhythm of Math.
Topic:
A kinesthetic approach to teaching mathematics.
Issues: Using clapping, stepping, and vocalizing to explore patterns and internalize rhythms; how students can learn essential math concepts—addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, and fractions—by using their hands, feet, and voice in a way that engages them mentally and physically.

Jo Boaler, author of What’s Math Got to Do with It?
Topic:
How teachers and parents can transform mathematics learning and inspire success.
Issues: Why the US is falling behind other industrialized countries in math; new research on the brain and mathematics that is revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of learning and potential; why the math people need is not the same math that’s learned in most classrooms.