June/July 2017

Do it for Dad: Take Action During Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, and June 18 is Father’s Day. Did you know that this year alone nearly 1 in 4 men will die of heart disease and about one-half of all men will develop cancer during their lifetime? And it’s not just heart disease and cancer that are killing men, it’s mental health, addictions, diabetes, and other health issues too. That’s why it’s critical that we work to increase awareness, early detection, and treatment.

What can you do? There are a few easy ways to take action. Be sure to visit or call your dad and tell him how much you love and appreciate him on Father’s Day. Make a commitment to yourself to follow up with him to ensure he’s getting a regular physical. Send dad an e-card from ZERO, check out these health resources at Community Health Charities, or make a donation in his honor to his favorite charity. Don’t forget to read Tom Bognanno’s Huffington Post piece on his battle with cancer, “Skip the Tie and Help Save Dad’s Life this Father’s Day” and share with a friend.

“Spirit HR Gives” Reaches Hundreds of Employees

Spirit HR just announced a new partnership with Community Health Charities to launch its “Spirit HR Gives” program. The program provides a way for employees at client companies to support the participating charity of their choice.

5 Tips to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for both men and women. You can make these healthy changes to decrease your risk of developing heart disease:
Watch your weight.
Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
Control your cholesterol and blood pressure by limiting fried and high-fat foods.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Get active. A 10-minute walk each day can even make a difference.
For more tips, visit the American Heart Association.

No Couch Potatoes! 12 Tips to Keep Kids Active This Summer

Experts say too many kids choose sedentary activities, like video games and television, instead of exercise. With a little planning, you can ensure your kids have their best, most active summer ever. Check out these fun ideas.

Rise in Prostate Cancer Deaths

Prostate Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, aside from skin cancer. Every 20 minutes, another American man dies from prostate cancer. In one year, that’s enough to fill a baseball stadium, according to ZERO: the End of Prostate Cancer. That’s why ZERO is advocating for revised U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and offering free navigation care to patients. Fewer men are being tested for prostate cancer. Early detection can save lives, so learn more about where to get a free screening near you.

Health Just Got a Little Easier

Community Health Charities just launched a new website filled with tools, health resources, volunteer opportunities, causes, and more. Join us to build stronger, healthier communities together. Check it out.

PTSD Can Happen to Anyone

We typically associate posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with our military but it can happen to anyone. In fact, about 6 of every 10 men (60%) and 5 of every 10 women (50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. Going through trauma is not rare nor is it a sign of weakness. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. Learn, connect, and share during PTSD Awareness Month.

Be Happier and Healthier by Adopting a Creative Lifestyle

Those who live creative lifestyles tend to be happier and healthier. A recent study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine provided proof that creativity actually generates positive physical changes in the body. Creating relieves stress, enhances brain functionality, elevates your mood, enhances your social life, and even staves off illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. Learn how to tap into your creativity and other healthy habits.

Don’t Miss This Year’s Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship

Last chance! Join your colleagues from American Express, Coca-Cola, The Walt Disney Company, Walmart, and more at the 2017 Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship. This year’s conference on June 29 in New York City brings together CSR leaders to share the latest advances and thinking on employee engagement. Space is limited so register today.

Top Health and Philanthropy News

Want To Be Happier And More Successful? Learn To Like Other People – Fast Company

According To Research, Here’s The Single Key To Improving Employee Engagement – Forbes

These 8 Companies Know the Impact of Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace – Entrepreneur

Employee Mental Health: The Diversity Issue No One Talks About – Digitalist Mag

Helping Your Employees Manage Headaches During Work— ContinuWell

The Healthcare Potential: IoT, Wearables and Beyond – Intel

Framing wellness programs for a diverse workforce – Benefit News

The Philanthropy World Is Embracing Impact Investing – Fast Company

Social Good Campaigns Are Here And They Aren’t Going Anywhere – Forbes

We need to open up about mental health in the workplace – The Guardian

Know Women’s Philanthropic Preferences – NonProfit Times