Food for Thought – Men’s Health Awareness Month

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Prioritize Men’s Health

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Celebrated each year during June, Men’s Health Month brings awareness to the health issues all men face.

National Men's Health Week is June 13th -20th, the week leading up to Father's Day, because what better way to celebrate the men in our livers than to encourage them to take care of their health. So, the question is, what can men do to be healthier?

Eating Healthier:

Add more fruits and vegetables into your diet and try to limit eating foods that are high in calories, sugar, salt, and fat. When buying groceries, shop the perimeter of the store. This is where you’ll typically find the freshest foods. Spend less time inside the aisles, where processed foods tend to be located.

Get Moving:

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease. It can also help you improve and maintain your overall physical and mental well health. Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise, every week.

Schedule your Screenings:

Start by scheduling your yearly checkups and regular health screenings with your doctor. Monthly testicular self-exams are important for the early detection of testicular cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It’s important to begin screening for colorectal cancer starting around age 50. 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.

Protect your Skin:

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Men over the age of 50 are at a heightened risk of developing it. Your risk is also higher if you’re Caucasian. When you’re outside: spend time in the shade, cover your body with protective clothing, cover exposed skin in sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and, reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming.

Prioritize Stress Management:

Even if you eat right and exercise regularly, poorly managed stress can destruct your health. Getting enough sleep, practicing relaxation techniques and nurturing relationships are healthy habits that can help protect you from the harmful effects of stress.

– Krupa Patel, MPA, RD/LDN Registered Dietitian

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Check out our previous edition of Food for Thought!

As we delve into Family Wellness Month, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the importance of nurturing health and happiness within our families. Learn all about how you can keep your family healthy and happy with our previous edition of Food for Thought!

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