June is Men’s Health Month and we’d like to help raise awareness about how men can live healthier lifestyles by practicing more healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating healthy. Equally important, these values need to be encouraged in young boys, the earlier they become practiced, the better!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, men in the United States die 5 years earlier than women and at higher rates from the three leading causes of death, heart disease, cancer and unintentional injuries.
We take this opportunity to encourage men to take control of their health by seeking medical advice and taking other important steps, such as making healthy food choices, staying active, quitting smoking, getting regular checkups and taking care of their mental health. We also highlight that families should teach young boys healthy habits throughout childhood.
Here are 5 things Men can do to stay at the top of their game:
1. Protect your heart:
Heart disease is the #1 killer of men. Healthier food choices build a healthier heart - make fruit and veggies half of your plate.
Even 30 mins. of physical activity a day can help you live longer and healthier.
3. Get regular check-ups:
Catching small problems before they become big problems can save your life.
4. Quit smoking!
Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and greater risk of erectile dysfunction.
5. Nurture your mental health:
Life can get tough and thinking things through with a mental health professional or a loved one can help.
We invite you to join us in promoting these valuable tips to the men and boys in your lives so they may live healthier, happier, and longer lives.