June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

Men’s Health Month is a time to encourage men to make prevention a priority. With regular checkups many health conditions can be prevented or detected early. Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is a family issue. It is important to encourage the men in your life to eat healthy, exercise daily and visit the doctor for regular check ups.

Men can take the following steps each day to improve their health:

  • Proper Sleep: Lack of sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.
  • Quit Smoking: There are immediate and long-term benefits when you quit smoking. Quitting will improve your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and other smoking related illnesses.
  • Get Active: Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate intensity aerobic activity weekly and muscle strengthening activities on two or more days per week.
  • Eat Healthy: Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily. Limit foods and drinks that are high in calories, sugar, salt, fat and alcohol.
  • Reduce Stress: Stress can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Seek support. Connect socially. Stay active.
  • Regular Checkups: See your health care provider regularly for check-ups. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms. Check-ups help identify these issues early. Be aware of signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst and   problems with urination. Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI). Everyone needs immunizations to stay healthy, no matter how old you are. Although you had vaccines as a child, immunity can fade as we age so get yourself vaccinated.

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. Men’s Health Week is June 13 – 19, 2016 with Wear BLUE Friday June 17, 2016. Wear BLUE was created by the Men’s Health Network to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives.