June is National Men’s Health Month

Father’s Day arrives next week along with the celebration of National Men’s Health Week, June 9-14. Men’s health has been a focus in June since 1994. Men need to make their health a priority. Just as a well-maintained machine rarely breaks down, well-being requires good maintenance through diet, exercise and knowledge.

Do you know

Not getting enough sleep has been connected to chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes and obesity?

Substantial injury and disability result from motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents because of insufficient sleep?

As people age sleep needs change? Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night.

Have you ever said or thought, “I used muscles today that I forgot I even had”? Adults need 2-1/2 hours per week of moderate aerobics. Get that blood pumping! They also need muscle-strengthening exercise that works legs, hips, back, arms, shoulders, chest and abdomen at least two days a week. Work those muscles. If you don’t use them, you will lose them! And you might be surprised at how quickly.

We need more fruits and vegetables and less foods and beverages that are higher in calories, sugar content, salt, fat and alcohol.

It isn’t easy to stop smoking, and it’s harder for some people than for others but quitting smoking leads to better health for you. Quitting reduces risks of cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other smoking-related illnesses. It eliminates second hand smoke that can affect the nonsmokers and children around you, causing them to develop health conditions similar to those suffered by smokers, like asthma and COPD.

Stress can kill you. Everyone has some degree of stress. Just moving around stresses your body. But when it is so high that you feel overwhelmed and out-of-control, it’s too much. You need to find ways to reduce that stress. You need to take care of yourself. What can you do to reduce your stress level? Get busy with tasks that need to be tended to. Visit with friends or family, your neighbors being around other people has a lot of emotional benefits. Also, alcohol and other drugs will not help your situation, actually making the situation much worse. Things may look dreary or difficult right at a moment, but that’s the way the Universe works and you never know what may be waiting for you around the next bend in the road.

Get regular checkups with your doctor to head off problems early. Pay attention to symptoms like chest pain, excessive thirst, shortness of breath. See your doctor right away. Don’t you want to be the one to teach your child how to play baseball, how they should grow up to be the best (s)he can be? To see your grandchildren come into the world and grow up and remember you? Nobody is invincible, but everyone can take better self-care and have a better chance of living longer.

All of these suggestions come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which also urges you to keep track of your numbers:

Blood pressure.

Blood glucose.


Body mass index (BMI)

Find out which tests you need to have regularly and how often. While you’re at it, find out if your immunizations are up-to-date. Immunizations you had as a child may have faded with time. Your doctor can help you decide what is in your best health interests. Always be proactive about your health care. When you receive a diagnosis, learn what it is, what you can best do for you. Ask your doctor questions so you will understand your health status and see to your well being.

For more information about men’s health, visit www.cdc.gov/men. To learn about National Men’s Health Week, which has been celebrated annually since 1994, visit www.menshealthmonth.org.

Whether you are a father, son, grandfather, brother or friend, you are important in the lives of the people who love and need you. Take care of yourself.

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