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Men’s Health Month

By on April 19, 2016

June is Men’s Health Month. Make the awareness event count by taking part in health education events and activities in your community. Check here for details.

Men should make their health a top priority and take daily steps to be healthier and stronger. There are many easy things that can be done every day to create a healthy lifestyle.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these tips for men on leading a healthy life:

  • Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products.
  • Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of diabeteshigh blood pressureheart disease, and stroke. Eat healthy foods, control portion sizes, and be active to keep your weight in check.
  • Get moving. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
  • Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quit today! Also, avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need to be examined. Ask about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions,  including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and certain types of cancer.
  • Take any medications you need. Thousands of deaths could be prevented each year by taking medications properly. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for all medications, including those that help control conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

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  • Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems, including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems, and accidents. For men 65 and younger, drinking in moderation means no more than two drinks per day. Men older than 65 should have no more than one drink a day.
  • Manage stress. Balancing work and family obligations can be challenging. But it’s important to protect your mental and physical health.