As a man, I know taking care of your health can seem like the last priority on your ever growing to-do list. When was the last time you saw your doctor? According to the Men’s Health Network, men make half as many doctors’ visits for prevention as women and live about five years less than females. We can change these statistics! June is National Men’s Health Month and this week is Men’s Health Week. To celebrate, take the time today to mark one thing off your to-do list — a regular check-up.

By seeing a doctor or nurse practitioner for regular checkups, health problems can be prevented or identified early before they cause permanent harm. For example, finding high blood pressure early and getting it under control can help prevent both heart disease and strokes. It’s also important that you are getting regular screening tests and staying up-to-date on your vaccinations. Your healthcare provider can help you decide which are right for you. If you are struggling with managing your health, our Pathways program can help! Our community health worker, Susan, can connect you to community resources, provide support and basic health education, make sure you get to the doctor, and provide information based on your unique needs. She can help with things like how to manage your medications, ways to track your blood pressure and how to lead a healthier life. You can find out more about our program by calling us at 419-599-5545.

Men, take these steps to improve your health:

•Eat healthy and include a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Also, limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat and alcohol.

•Get moving! You should get 2 1/2 hours of physical activity each week. Regular physical activity can help control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers and can improve your mental health and mood. Choose activities that you enjoy to help you stay motivated.

•Quit smoking or set an example for your loved ones by choosing not to smoke. If you smoke, it’s never too late to quit. For help quitting, call Ohio’s Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

•Take care of your mental health. Depression is one of the leading causes of disease or injury for both men and women. If you or someone you care about is struggling or in crisis, seek help immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Crisis Text Line by texting NAMI to 741-741.

•Guard your health. You play an important role in your family, friends, coworkers and other people’s lives. Use today as an opportunity to start taking control of your health. Do it for yourself and for those who count on you.

 

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