Detroit doctor starts Blue Monday to get men to take control

 Monday means wearing blue as we kick off men's health week.

Blue Monday is just for the guys. A Detroit doctor has started the day to kick off men's health week to help men take back control of their lives.

2015 is the first year of Blue Monday and it could be the start of a global movement. Just take a look at the Renaissance Center. The iconic building in downtown Detroit turned blue for the day with a loud and clear message: men need to take care of their minds and bodies.

It was started in Detroit by Dr. Michael Lutz from the Michigan Institute of Urology, Men's Health Foundation.

"We chose Blue Monday as the first week of Men's Health Week and it will occur every year and what's really important is we want - because it is father's day coming up - we want fathers and sons to share that conversation and develop that generational health bond," Dr. Lutz said.

The key isn't what men are doing it's what they're NOT doing. Dr. Lutz said most of the diseases that claim men's lives can be slowed.

"It's just lifestyle, behavior, diet, activity, all of those things can cause up to 70% of the diseases that will affect your demise. If you can just change one or two things in your life to improve your survival and the health of your family. You've got to own it and we're here to say today's the day. Try and own it."

While you're at it, it may be time to make that jump into marriage. A new study from London reveals being married or living with your partner may have some health perks. The link is attributed to having a partner encourage you or give you emotional support.

Staying single can increase your risk of heart disease and breathing problems. 

Men's Health Week ends with the run for the ribbon - the father's day family even celebrates men's health and survivors of prostate cancer at the detroit zoo

Get the information to take control of your health and 'fight like a man' here.

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