When we talk about the Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health, the same question always comes up. Everybody wants to know why we thought it was important to write about men’s health. The answer is simple. Because we love them, and we know our readers do too. Our men are in a health crisis. We are losing them to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and obesity needlessly. But the news does not have to be so grim. Ladies, this is our chance to flip the script. We can help them make positive changes in their health.
Women have always been the backbone of the home and of our communities. We want our men to be healthy but we don’t always know how to begin to help him make positive steps to wellness. This book is loaded with suggestions that could make a real difference. If one woman picks up one tip—say convincing the man in her life to get a colorectal screening that leads to an early diagnosis that could save his life, then all the research and interviews that went into the book are worth it.
The Black Woman’s Guide to Black Men’s Health is much more than just another medical reference book. We have always seen it as a conversation starter. We hope that women who read it will be motivated to create a healthy change where they live, work, play and worship. It’s a book that’s meant to be read and talked about and shared.
Our men not only need our love—they need our help. Our families need to become healthier and stronger. And it all starts with us. But it’s not an easy job. The challenges of taking on guiding and supporting a man in being more active, taking his medications, eating healthier, reducing stress and sharing his feelings are great. But it can be done. And together, we are just the women to do it.
So as you and your friends talk about ways that you can help the men you love be healthier and live longer, turn the talk into actions. Do it because you love them.