Take Steps to Better Health During National Men’s Health Week
Men’s health problems are not just a men’s issue. They also have a major impact on wives, daughters, mothers and sisters. National Men’s Health Week is a government initiative to increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The campaign is observed the week leading to Father’s Day every year. In conjunction with this observance, RediClinic encourages men to participate in health screenings and take other steps to make their health a priority.
Make Your Health a Priority
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the following recommendations that men can implement to improve their health.
- Schedule regular health screenings. Get annual exams and preventive services that can detect diseases that may not have symptoms, such as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for men. Because heart disease is the leading killer of American men, a routine healthy heart check is particularly important.
- Eat well. A healthy diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables protects you from chronic diseases. Limit food and drinks containing high amounts of calories, sugar, salt, fat and alcohol. For guidance on how to plan a healthy diet, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
- Get enough sleep. Poor sleep is associated with many chronic diseases and conditions, and increases your risk for car and machinery-related accidents. The recommended amount of sleep for adults is seven to eight hours a day.
- Stop tobacco use. Quitting smoking immediately lowers your risk for heart disease, many types of cancer, and other smoking-related diseases. RediClinic’s Stop Smoking for Good® program can help you quit.
- Participate in a regular exercise regimen. Log at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, such as brisk walking, along with activities that strengthen all major muscle groups at least two days a week.
- Manage stress. Engage in healthy activities and find support to manage stressful feelings. Avoid using drugs and alcohol to cope with stress.
RediClinic Wants to Be Your Health Partner
The board-certified clinicians at RediClinic provide comprehensive routine testing related to your overall health and well-being. RediClinic is open seven days a week, with extended weekday hours available for your convenience. Schedule an online appointment to be seen at RediClinic and take charge of your health during National Men’s Health Week!