Hey fellas, when’s the last time you had a check-up with your healthcare provider? June is Men’s Health Month, which is a great reminder to schedule your annual physical (or ask the men in your life to schedule theirs).
What health issues are important to men?
The leading causes of illness and death among men (think cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes) tend to be conditions you can lower your risk of—or even prevent—with some simple lifestyle changes.
So how can you make sure you (or your brother, father, partner, friend) are staying healthy? Try these tips:
These appointments are pretty quick and painless, and are usually covered by insurance. Going for a physical once a year can help catch any potential issues (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure) before they become a bigger problem. You can also get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Eating less red and processed meat is associated with lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic health conditions. Reducing your meat consumption by just one day a week is likely to make a positive difference for the environment, too. Get some plant-based inspo in this post or try out our burrito bowl or beans and greens burger recipes.
If you always lift weights at the gym but don’t get much cardio, try adding some jogging, biking, or hiking into your week. If you don’t get much physical activity at all, try to add some extra walking throughout your day. Ideally you’d be moving for at least 30 minutes a day, but that can be broken up in smaller chunks to make it easier. Not sure where to begin? Try this 25-minute HIIT routine to get your heart pumping.
We all go through tough times. It can feel vulnerable to reach out and talk to someone, but research shows it helps. You can talk to a licensed therapist in person or online, or start by talking to a close friend or family member about what you’re struggling with.
If you are thinking about hurting yourself, call the confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or access their online chat.
To get a referral for a mental health provider for any issue, call 1-877-SAMHSA7 (726-4727).[school_resource sh101resources=’no’ category=’healthservices,wellnesspromotion’]GET HELP OR FIND OUT MORE
Find a mental health provider, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST: SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline
Get help 24/7: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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US Department of Health and Human Services Minority Health Office. (n.d.). Men’s health month. Retrieved from https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/Content.aspx?ID=10238&lvl=2&lvlid=12