Five ways for men to stay healthy

We wear pink in October for breast cancer awareness, and red for Women's heart health, but June is National Men's Health Month. Read the CDC's tips on how men can stay healthy.

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June is National Men's Health Month

We all need to pay closer attention to our health, but studies suggest men are more likely than women to overlook or ignore the warning signs of chronic conditions. According to menshealthmonth.org, men are more likely than women to smoke and drink, make risky choices and put off regular visits with their doctor. Men are also at a higher risk of developing heart disease, which can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis.

  • On average, men live about 5 years less than their female counterparts
  • Men have a higher death rate for most of the leading causes of death including cancer, heart disease diabetes and suicide.
  • One in two men will develop cancer in their lifetime, compared to one in three women
  • Men make half as many physician visits for prevention as women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend these actions to take to stay healthy:

  1. Get Good Sleep    
    Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Not getting enough Zzz’s can lead to chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
  2. Toss out the Tobacco 
    Quitting smoking can drastically improve your health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease and cancer. Need help with quitting? EAP can help. Call 855-378-7485 to get help today!
  3. Move more       
    The CDC recommends adults get at least 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity activity every week. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week; break activity up into smaller time periods to reach your goal.
  4. Eat Healthy       
    Aim to eat a variety of fruits and veggies each day. Fruits and veggies have vitamins that are vital to your health.
  5. Get Preventive Care     
    Schedule regular annual visits with your physician to check all of your biometric measures. For information about what a complete men's check-up includes, view this Men's Health at Every Age infographic:

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