June is National Men’s Health Month, and each week leading up to, and including Father’s Day, is celebrated as Men’s Health Week.  This June 11-17, let’s bring attention to preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among the men and boys in our lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are many steps men can take to live healthier lives.  Women can also benefit from these suggestions.

  • Get enough sleep:  Lack of sleep is associated with many chronic diseases
  • Be smoke-free:  Avoid smoking and second hand smoke
  • Be physically active:  Get at least 2.5 hours of activity a week
  • Eat what counts:  Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Pay attention to signs and symptoms:  See a doctor right away for any symptoms
  • Get affordable healthcare:  Federally-funded health centers are available
  • Get your check-ups:  Have regular check-ups, even if you feel fine
  • Get vaccinated:  Flu, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, shingles, pneumococcal, etc.
  • Know and understand your numbers:  Track blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body mass index, etc.

To show your support, you can Wear Blue, encourage healthy habits and regular check-ups, plan activities and health fairs, and remember to teach children healthy habits by leading by example.

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Topics: Health Trends

Kathryn Sloop

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