MEN’S HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
June is Men’s Health Month and is celebrated in the U.S. with screenings, health fairs and other health education and outreach activities to promote men’s health and fitness. Almost 14% of men, aged 18 and over, is considered in fair or poor health in our country. Also know that men die at higher rates from the three leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries. This month gives health care providers, policy makers and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to have regular checkups and get treatment for disease and injuries.
Here are some items all men should be aware of when thinking about their health.
-Protect the heart. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of men. To help protect your heart, eat more fruits and vegetables. In fact, make fruits and vegetables half your plate.
-Watch your weight. More than 40% of men over the age of 20 in the United States are considered overweight.
-Exercise. Getting just 30 minutes of exercise each day can help you live longer and stay healthy. No need to lift weights, walking is a great exercise and easy to do.
-Visit your doctor regularly. Getting check-ups can catch small problems before they become big problems.
-No smoking: Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke and is shown to create a greater risk of erectile disfunction.
-Don’t forget to take care of your mental health. Life can be tough. Thinking things through, sometimes with a mental health professional can help.
-Drink in moderation.
This information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.