June is Men’s Health Month

Man Up. Take Control of Your Health! – image courtesy of http://www.menshealthmonth.org/

Each year, June is recognized as Men’s Health Month. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to increase awareness of preventable health conditions and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men and boys are encouraged to become proactive in their health and take steps to protect their health and well-being. Men’s health is truly a family issue; it doesn’t just affect men, it affects their entire family. Spread the word to your loved ones this June and throughout the year!

On average, men are less likely than women to practice healthy behaviors, schedule preventive care visits and seek medical care when it is needed. As a result, men are living sicker longer and dying younger due to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and other diseases. The good news is that many of these conditions can be prevented and managed through healthy lifestyle choices and preventative care visits.

Take control of your health by following the tips below:

  • Eat Healthy. Fill your plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy and lean protein. Decrease portion sizes and avoid high fat and high salt foods.
  • Get Active. Strive for 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days a week. Find an activity that you enjoy; exercise with a friend or family member.
  • Protect Yourself. Always wear a helmet or seat belt. Protect your skin by wearing protective clothing and sunscreen when outdoors.
  • Avoid Commercial Tobacco. If you currently smoke or use chewing tobacco, ask your provider about tobacco cessation options or take advantage of the Community Health Department’s Tobacco Cessation Incentive Program.
  • Drink in Moderation. Limit your alcohol intake to 2 drinks a day.
  • Practice Safe Sex. Stop in the Community Health Department and ask for a brown bag. Condoms are FREE to tribal members and their families.
  • Make Prevention a Priority. Many health conditions are preventable and can be detected early through regular checkups with your provider. Regular screenings may include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose or prostate and testicular exams.
  • Ask for Help. Everyone needs help or support from time-to-time. Talk to your family, friends or health care team if you need support or have questions. No one should ever feel alone.

Contact the Forest County Potawatomi Health and Wellness Center at 715-478-4339 to schedule a checkup today. Do it for yourself and for those that count on you. Visit www.menshealthmonth.org for more information on Men’s Health Month.