June 1 Kicks Off Men’s Health Month
Father’s Day is quickly approaching and now is the perfect time to encourage the men in your life to take care of themselves. The month of June is National Men’s Health Month and DHD#10 urges all boys and men to stay healthy by eating right, exercising and seeking regular medical checkups to prevent disease and injury so they may live long and healthy lives.
Men’s health is not just a ‘man’s issue’, it’s a family issue. Men’s health can impact everyone around them: wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, etc.
So the question is, what can men do to be healthier?
The answer? Simple: Take action!
- Eat healthy – add more fruits and vegetable into your diet and try to limit eating foods that are high in calories, sugar, salt and fat.
- Get moving –make a personal goal to reach 2 ½ hours of physical activity per week. Participate in activities you enjoy will help you to stay motivated.
- Quit tobacco- tobacco smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S. and the primary cause of COPD and lung cancer.
- Make prevention a priority – schedule yearly checkups and regular health screenings with your doctor or local health department
- Monthly testicular self-exams are important for the early detection of testicular cancer
- June 27th is National HIV Testing Day and everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care. Those who are at a higher risk for HIV should be tested more often. For free HIV testing, contact your local Health Department.
- Set an example – consistently pull the above healthy habits together and be a role model for those who may be watching you.
DHD#10 offers several services for men including HIV testing, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) testing, treatment and prevention, secual health exams, tobacco cessation programs, diabetes prevention programs, immunizations and more. To learn more about these programs offered to men or to schedule a service, call 888-217-3904
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