Men's Health Month

June 14, 2017

Author: Peter Rao, Vice President of Quality Evaluation and Program Development

June is Men’s Health Month. It’s important for men to make their health a priority, and here are a few lifestyle areas in which to focus.

Activity. Adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity every week, as well as weight training two or more days a week. See what types of exercises to include in your next workout.

Eat healthy and drink alcohol in moderation. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure your body is getting the necessary vitamins and minerals to protect from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks with excess calories, sugar, sodium and fat. What’s your heart age? Watch this short video to learn why heart age is important and what you can do to improve it.Mens Health Month

Throw out tobacco. Lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and other smoking-related illnesses for immediate and long-term benefits. Learn how to quit.

Sleep. Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep, and insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, which include the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Depression

Schedule checkups. Establish care with a primary care physician. Maintain regular checkups to help identify issues early or before they become a problem.

Destress. The World Health Organization defines health in its broader sense as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Find ways to destress and relax with family or a hobby.

For more information on men’s health, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.