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It’s National Men’s Health Week!

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles

National Men’s Health Week is held each year from June 8-14, and it is a time to raise awareness about the health of men and boys. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of preventive care, early detection, and treatment of medical conditions.

 

Men tend to avoid doctor visits, with only 45% visiting their healthcare provider in the past year as compared to 55% for women. One reason could be that men may feel uncomfortable discussing issues such as anxiety and depression or any other emotional or mental health concerns they may have. But keeping mum isn’t healthy and can lead to serious health problems if left unchecked. It is important for men to be proactive in taking control of their own health, by talking openly with their healthcare providers about any concerns they may have.[1]

 

During National Men’s Health Week, it is also beneficial to make lifestyle changes such as eating a balanced diet,[2] engaging in regular physical activity,[3] limiting screen time,[4] getting enough sleep,[5] managing stress levels,[6] and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.[7] All these practices will help keep your body fit and healthy in the long run.

 

In addition to self-care habits during this week-long event, we should also prioritize being informed about our own bodies. Make sure you know your family history: Find out if any medical issues run in your family so that you can take steps to prevent them from affecting you later on in life. You should also list down questions for our next doctor visit so that you are equipped with information when talking to our doctors about our health concerns.

 

Taking ownership of our own well-being is an important step towards living a healthy life – something that should not be taken lightly! Thus, let us use National Men’s Health Week as an opportunity to talk more openly about our health needs and take steps towards improving them today!

 

Sources

  1. https://www.menshealthnetwork.org/news/dont-be-a-muzzled-man-why-men-need-to-talk/
  2. https://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/practice/positionandpracticepapers/positionpapersandstatements/mens_health_nutrition
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm
  4. https://www2aafporg/-&session=20110804182625ecfe23bcb&id=11191704182626000eb76bb20&url=/9fapenetworkcontentifap80065684901&storeId=10151&langId=-1
  5. https://www8ncbi_nlmnihgov/-NCBI_NLMNIHGOV&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=documenttocitem&contextData=(scKxeir(csCeMheUQIxqvjKnSRiYycXDDZpXacWouL)
  6. https://adaaorg/-ADAAORG&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=documenttocitem   &contextData=( scKrfr(csCeMheUQIexqvjKrnRiYyreAuHDhOeuL))
  7. https://wwwurgentcarementorscom/.

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