Men's Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father's Day. This year's men's health week is celebrated from June 15th to June 21st.
The purpose of this week is to heighten the awareness of different preventable health problems and to encourage the early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This week gives doctors, public policy makers, and individuals a chance to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice as well as early treatment for disease and injury.
The top causes of death among adult men in the U.S. are heart disease, stroke, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease. However, a few lifestyle changes can significantly lower your risk of these health conditions. Mayoclinic suggests making these changes:
- Don't smoke and avoid potential exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution and exposure to chemicals.
- Eat a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean sources of protein.
- Maintain a healthy weight, as this can lower your risk of heart disease.
- Exercise often! Exercise has been proven to lower your risk of certain types of cancer.
- Limit alcohol. If you drink, choose to do so in moderation. For men, that means up to two drinks a day for men aged 65 and younger, and one drink a day for men older than age 65.
- Manage stress. If you suffer from stress, chances are that your immune system will as well.
If you want to show your support for Men's Health Month in June, wear blue during Men's Health Week! And to keep progress of your health each day, use the journal feature on CareSync so you can keep track of and manage your health.