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Men's Health

Men's Health 

During the month of November, men are challenged to grow a moustache and raise awareness to Men’s health. The movement is called Movember, and millions have joined across the world.

Did you know that heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury are at the top of the list when it comes to the threat of men’s health? Thankfully, most men's health threats are largely preventable. Below is some tips and resources for men that can lead them to live a safer and healthier life.

Get checkups:

  • Ask your doctor or nurse how you can lower your chances for health problems based on lifestyle and personal and family health histories.
  • Find out what immunizations, tests and exams you need and when to get them.
  • See your doctor or nurse as often as recommended. Also seek care if you feel sick, have pain, notice changes or have problems with medicine.

Eat healthy:

  • Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains every day.
  • Avoid foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt and fat; limit alcohol.
  • Eat a balanced diet to help keep a healthy weight.

Be active:

  • Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles.
  • Help children and teens be active for at least one hour a day. Include activities that raise their breathing and heart rates and that strengthen their muscles and bones.

Protect yourself:

  • Wear helmets, seat belts, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Wash hands to stop the spread of germs.
  • Avoid smoking and breathing other people’s smoke.
  • Build safe and healthy relationships with family and friends.
  • Be ready for emergencies. Make a supply kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

Manage stress:

  • Balance work, home and play.
  • Get support from family and friends.
  • Stay positive.
  • Take time to relax.
  • Get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Make sure kids get more, based on their age.
  • Get help or counseling if needed.

Resources

Men’s Health Network - Checkup Checklist (look on page 2)

CDC Fact Sheet - Cancer and Men

 


Page Updated: 11/2/2017