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National Men’s Health Week

Take action to be healthy and safe and encourage men and boys in your life to make their health a priority. Learn about steps men can take each day to improve health. 

 

GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP 

 

Adults need between 7–9 hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Also, poor sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery –  related accidents.

 

TOSS THE TOBACCO

It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-germ benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer,  lung disease, and other smoking related illnesses.

Also avoid second hand smoke. Inhaling other people’s smoke causes health problems similar to those that smoker have. Babies and kids are still growing, so the poisons in second hand smoke hurt them more than adults.

 

MAKE YOUR HEALTH A PRIORITY

  • MOVE MORE!
    • Adults need at least 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms) on two or more day a week. You don’t have to do it all at one. Spread your activity out during the week, and break it into smaller amounts of time during the day.
  • EAT HEALTHY
    • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals that many help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
  • TAME STRESS
    • Sometimes stress can be good. However, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control.
      • Take care of yourself!
      • Find support
      • Stay active
      • Connect socially.
      • Avoid drugs and alcohol.

 

HEART DISEASE SINGS AND SYMPTOMS

Pay attention to sings and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you have these or symptoms of any kinds, be sure to see your doctor or nurse. Don’t wait!

  • Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), or any others you may have.
  • If your numbers are high or low, your doctor or nurse can explain what they mean and suggest how you can get them to a healthier range.
  • Be sure to ask him or her what tests you need and how often you need them.

 

GET VACCINATED

Everyone needs immunizations to stay healthy, no matter how old you are. Even if you had vaccines as a child, immunity can fade with time. Vaccine recommendations are based on a variety of factors, including age, overall health, and your medical history.

Source: www.cdc.org

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