And here's a great way to be part of it
National Men's Health Week was originated to coincide with Father's Day in order to provide an additional reminder that in many cases, men's health is a family issue that can closely concern the people you love. But regardless of family connections, this week is designed to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems among men of all ages. Men's Health Week gives healthcare providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
How can you celebrate Men's Health Week?
Many government, faith-based, community, corporate, local business and other resources offer education and free or low-cost screenings related to men's health during this designated week. Be sure to take advantage of them.
But one other thing you can do is to check off those items that are already part of your personal health journey – or make a commitment to initiate the action or behavior as soon as possible.
- Stop smoking
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight
- Take part in some type of exercise or physical activity at least three times a week (something every day is preferable)
- Eat a heart-healthy diet
- Closely monitor and manage your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol
- Get routine medical care and physical examinations – and don't hesitate to see your doctor for any special concerns
- Get recommended health screenings (see article in this newsletter, Men's Health EXTRA II)
- Stay mentally active – including learning new skills and information
- Maintain close ties with friends and family - relationships are important
- Seek help if you have symptoms of depression - DON'T "Be a man"
National Men's Health Week is a great time to remind you about the importance of health and wellness. But the real work maintaining your health is a lifelong effort, and one that's always worth it.
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