Listen up, guys. Whether you like it or not, regular trips to the doctor are important. So is watching what you eat and getting more exercise—which is why this month is all about YOU. The goal of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness about preventable health problems and to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Throughout the month, pass along these three important tips to your friends, family members and community. Let’s make men’s health a national priority!
- Eat Healthy. Experts recommend starting with small steps such as portion control and remembering to eat a healthy breakfast. A high-protein diet (at least 12 portions daily) will help keep your appetite satisfied throughout the day. In addition, opt for plenty of low-sugar, high-fiber fruits, non-starchy vegetables and healthy fats.
- Get Moving. Regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and supports cardiovascular health. Other benefits include a better mood, improved sleep and even improved sexual function. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week.
- Make Prevention a Priority. Because many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with routine checkups from a healthcare practitioner, men are encouraged to get regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, prostate health and more.