OUR VIEW: Fellas, it is time to adopt a healthier lifestyle

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate, and show our appreciation, for the positive, loving male role models in our lives.

The week leading up to Father’s Day – June 13-19 – is National Men’s Health Week. During this week, we encourage all men to consider giving their families a special Father’s Day gift by adopting a healthier, more proactive attitude toward their health.

National Men’s Health Week began in 1994, when the Men’s Health Network (MHN), a non-profit organization, worked with members of the U.S. Congress to create a week that would raise awareness about preventable health problems in men and boys and encourage them to schedule regular health checkups and seek early treatment for disease and injury.

Men can ramp up their healthy defenses by taking advantage of the following ideas. Consider some of the following:

  • Regular check-ups and age-appropriate screening tests are the first defense against preventable illness and disease. The Men’s Health Network provides its men’s health checklist at the website www.getitchecked.com.
  • Get plenty of exercise and a diet low in saturated fat.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Controlling chronic stress can reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease and can help avoid behaviors that may affect cancer risk.

Small but significant changes in lifestyle and health care habits can make a profound difference in life expectancy and overall physical and mental health.

Father’s Day is a good time for a man to look around at the faces of the people who love and depend on him, and to make the decision to honor that love and responsibility by making positive changes to his diet and living habits.

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