June Is Men’s Health Month

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Throughout June, Men’s Health Month focuses on improving the lifestyles of men. While there are several approaches to improving overall health, diet and exercise are the targets of any changes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading causes of death among men are heart disease, cancer, and accidental death. Men are also less likely than women to visit the doctor for checkups. Follow these tips to observe Men’s Health Month and take control of your health!

  • Learn your preventable risks – Many risks for chronic disease can be prevented or managed through exercise and a healthy diet.
  • Take steps to create healthful habits – Men should shoot for 150 minutes (or about 30 minutes, five times a week) of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. For a healthy diet, try eating the Med Way. The Mediterranean-style eating pattern is delicious, simple, and satisfying and has been shown to promote health and decrease the risk of many chronic diseases. Visit medinsteadofmeds.com for recipes and more info on eating the Med Way.
  • Schedule routine tests for early detection of disease – Talk to your physician about the steps to take or talk to the men in your life about making an appointment for a checkup.
  • Learn your risk factors and document your family history with your physician – Genetics, age, and ethnicity can affect risk factors for disease. Talk to your doctor to become more aware about what non-preventable risks you may be facing.