By Chanelle Taylor
There is something special about June. It is Men’s Health Month. It is also the month during which we celebrate Father’s Day, which is June 17 this year. In short, June is for the men.
In June, we celebrate our men and boys and encourage them to seek consultations, participate in age appropriate health screenings, and get adequate exercise for longer, healthier lives.
Men are at a higher risk than women for many preventable health conditions and die an average of five years younger than women. According to the Center for Disease Contron and Prevention (CDC), some of the top causes of death among men include cancer, heart disease, unintentional injuries, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and stroke.
In an effort to protect and preserve their health, men should:
- Eat healthy foods; include a variety of fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Visit the doctor.
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance.
- Do not use tobacco products. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Visit the CDC website for more information on Men’s Health Month and men’s health topics.