Each year, National Men’s Health Month takes place in June. It’s used as an opportunity to push men’s health needs through education and, many times, free screenings.
National Men’s Health Month
Men, in general, tend to not focus on their health and bodies as much as women do. Men tend to throw more caution to the wind regarding alcohol, diet, and exercise.
For National Men’s Health Month many care centers and doctors offer free screenings to help get men back on track to maintain their health. One of the biggest problems men have is that they do not visit their doctor regularly.
Menshealth.org states, “The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.”
Men are more likely to suffer preventable deaths than women because they do not take their health as seriously. As a result, men have higher death rates for heart disease, cancer, and strokes. They also die at a younger age than women.
Men also die 6 times more often than women globally from drinking alcohol. There are plenty of simple solutions that man can use to become healthier.
The biggest factors are exercise and diet. Because most men work at a desk all day and work long hours, they don’t make time for exercise. Sitting for 8 hours a day raises your risk for heart disease and obesity.
Finding time to exercise, even 30 minutes a day, can help men’s health tremendously. During a lunch break or while dinner is cooking are great times to get your heart pumping.
Men who live alone tend to not cook as much as women do, meaning they eat out more frequently. Even healthy restaurants’ food contains higher amounts of salt and fat than what you may cook at home. As a result, weight gain occurs and high blood pressure and/or cholesterol.
The best solution is to plan out your meals and cook extra dinner to take to lunch. Instead of making one chicken breast, cook 2 and take the 2nd to work with a side of vegetables.
Here are some health facts for National Men’s Health Month: