June 11, 2014
This is men's health week -- join in, get in shape!
As if you needed the excuse, this week provides the perfect one to talk yourself into getting in shape.
This week, June 9-15, is Men's Health Week. This week (and any week) men can take steps to feel better and live longer by following these recommendations:
- Get active and stay active. Exercise has multiple benefits for health including improved cardiovascular function and preventing prostate cancer. Get 30 minute of exercise a day!
- Toss out tobacco. Lower your risk of heart disease, lung disease and cancer by quitting smoking. You'll reduce others' exposure to second-hand smoke and set a healthier example for your children.
- Eat right! Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables while cutting back on sugar, salt and processed foods. You'll be working toward a healthy weight, and that prevents disease risks!
- Check in for your check-up. See your healthcare provider for regular physical exams and monitoring of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and other age-appropriate screenings.
Man up and take control of your health! Make prevention a priority to positively affect the life of you and your loved ones, for years to come.
One last thought -- actually, June is Men's Health Month. So don't think you're off the hook if you miss this week's activities. Get busy and get healthy!
You don't have to do it alone. Here are some events this week and month keyed to men's health:
- West Columbia: Speaking of Men's Health, a free lecture at Lexington Medical Center on Monday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m.
- Greer: Nutritional Navigation: A Grocery Store Tour -- Join dietitian Kerri Lindberg, RD, LD for an interactive tour of your local grocery store. 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Jun 19, 2014, at Publix Thornblade in Greer, SC.
And here are some further resources to help:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a page devoted to Men's Health, offering help in such areas as smoking cessation, eating healthy, taming stress getting a proper night's sleep.
- menshealthmonth.org has a number of helpful links and resources.
- The South Carolina Men's Health Network always stands ready to help.