Help The Men In Your Life Make Health A Priority
Celebrate National Men’s Health Week, June 13-19, by encouraging fathers, grandfathers or other male role models to take a step each day to improve their health.
Share these seven suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Sleep – Getting less than seven to nine hours of sleep a night can contribute to a number of chronic diseases.
Quit smoking – Doing so improves your health immediately and lowers your risk for cancer, heart disease and lung disease.
Move – Adults need 2-1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week in addition to muscle-strengthening exercises twice a week that target all major muscle groups.
Healthy eating – For nutritious meals that stay within calorie limits, choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods—including fruits, vegetables and fish—in recommended serving sizes.
Get checkups – Doctor visits help identify diseases that may not show clear symptoms. Chest pain, shortness of breath or excessive thirst should be checked out right away.
Limit stress – Avoid using drugs and alcohol to combat stress. Instead, stay active and socially connected.
Track numbers – Keep track of results for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass index and other tests. If your numbers are out of the acceptable range, your health care provider can suggest ways to get them back to normal.
As a member of the Y, you are part of a diverse organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
To learn how the Y can help men maintain healthy lifestyles, visit www.ymcadallas.org