Celebrating Men's Health | Tips to Live a Longer, Healthier Life
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Men’s Health Week is celebrated every year around the world in the middle of June, just in time for Father’s Day! The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment. Below are some helpful tips, for yourself or the men in your life, to live a happy and healthy life!
Make an Appointment for Regular Checkups. These appointments will improve your health and extend your life. Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with regular checkups.
Get Up and Get Moving. Make sure to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week. Physical activity can help control your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight which increases your chances of living longer. Make exercise fun! Choose activities you enjoy like golfing, walking, riding a bike playing with your kids or grandkids.
Feed Your Soul with a Healthy Diet. Start by making small changes by choosing a variety of nutrient rich foods. Add in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats and other protein sources to your diet. Making smart food choices is good for your overall health while reducing your risk for obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some types of cancers.
Get your ZZZ’s. Seven (7) to eight (8) hours of quality sleep each night is one of the most important keys to your overall health. Getting enough sleep will fight off sickness, reduce stress and improve your mood, increase your mental focus throughout the day and assist in the maintenance of a healthy weight. So get your ZZZ’s!
Talk to your Doctor about Screenings. Getting recommended screening tests is one of the most important steps you can take for your health. Screenings help find problems early detection and making treatment easier in most cases. Depending on your age and medical history, there are important screenings that can be completed for certain types of cancer, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis and hearing and vision loss. Have a conversation with you doctor to determine which screenings you may need and how often to get them.
Manage Stress. In today’s society, stress is ever growing so we need to be aware of its effect on our health and learn how to manage it. Though not all stress is bad, chronic stress can lead to many body and mental health problems. Taking preventative steps to managing stress is critical to your overall health. Getting active, eating healthy, drinking alcoholic beverages in moderation and taking time to relax are a few things to help you manage stress. Even though stress is a normal part of life if your stress doesn’t go away or keeps getting worse, reach out to professional and seek support.
To live a longer and healthier life, work with your medical professionals, incorporate healthy activity and food into your daily diet, get your rest, and manage your day-to-day stress.
Kayla Faltynski Greater Green Bay YMCA
Chronic Disease Coordinator