Men's Health Week: June 12 – June 18
National Men’s Health Week is June 12 – June 18. Men’s Health Week is celebrated every year leading up to father’s day to remind men to take steps to be healthier. You can help support the health and safety of the men in your life by sharing the following tips.
Men’s Health Tips
- Eat healthy. Eating a healthy diet that includes many fruits and vegetables may help protect you from chronic diseases. Include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet every day. Try to limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
- Regular physical activity. Taking part in regular physical activity has many benefits. It can help control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers, and can improve your mental health and mood. Adults need 2½ hours of physical activity each week. But it doesn’t need to be all at once. You can spread your physical activity into 30 minutes each day and even break it up during the day.
- Don’t smoke. Encourage the men in your life not to smoke or to quit smoking. Not smoking lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related diseases. It also helps prevent health problems in others by not exposing them to secondhand smoke. If you’re already a smoker, it’s never too late to quit. Call your state's smoking quitline (for English speakers, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW [1-800-784-8669]; for Spanish speakers, call 1-855-DÉJELO-YA [1-855-335-3569]).
- Get good sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to good health. Lack of sleep is linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep. To help you sleep make sure your bed is comfortable and remove all screens including TVs, computers, and other "gadgets" from the bedroom.
- Reduce stress. Sometimes stress can be good. However, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. It is important to know that physical or emotional tension are often signs of stress. Learn how to manage stress by finding support, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and avoiding drugs and alcohol.
- Regular checkups. Regular medical checkups are a large part of staying healthy. Some health conditions may not have symptoms and getting a regular checkup can help catch health problems early. It is also important for men (and women) to understand their family health history. Men can prepare for doctor's visits by learning which preventive tests or screenings they need and discussing family health history with family members. Other things you can do include:
1.Keep track of your numbers. Keeping track of your blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI) is important. If your numbers are high or low, your healthcare practitioner can explain what they mean. They can also suggest ways to get them to a healthier range. To know which tests or screenings you need and how often you need them, talk to your healthcare practitioner.
2.Get vaccinated. Everyone needs immunizations to stay healthy, no matter how old you are. Even if you had vaccines as a child, immunity can fade with time. Vaccine recommendations are based on a variety of factors, including age, overall health, and your medical history. To know which vaccines you may need talk to your healthcare practitioner.
- Too Much Alcohol Use. Reduce the amount of alcohol that you consume. Excessive drinking such as binge drinking (5 or more drinks on an occasion for a man) or heavy drinking (15 or more drinks per week for a man) is harmful to your health. Binge drinking is the most common form of excessive alcohol use in the United States and can put you at risk for chronic conditions, risky sexual behaviors, motor vehicle accidents, violence, and physical injuries.
- Get Tested For Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) & HIV. If you are sexually active, getting tested for STIs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Speak with your healthcare provider about your sexual history to know whether you should be tested for STIs. All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
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