June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men and their families to practice and implement healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die 5 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from the three leading causes of death, heart disease, cancer and unintentional injuries. During Men’s Health Month, we encourage men to take control of their health, and for families to teach young boys healthy habits throughout childhood.
5 ways to improve men’s health
Get frequent checkups and catch small problems become they become big problems.
Time to Quit Smoking
Smoking leads to cancer, heart disease, stroke, and increases the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Maintain a Healthier Diet
Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods, and lean sources of protein. Limit your intake of saturated and transfat and foods with added sugar and sodium.
Exercise can help you control your weight, lower your risk of heart disease and stroke and possibly lower your risk of certain types of cancer.
Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can lower your risk for disease and help you live longer.
If you feel constantly on edge or under pressure, your lifestyle habits may suffer and so might your immune system. Take steps to reduce stress or learn to deal with stress in healthy ways.