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Men's Health Month

Posted on 06/28/2011

June is Men's Health Month and in honor of it, I thought I'd share some helpful tips to keep the men in your life as healthy as possible.

Men's Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances and other health education and outreach activities all in hopes of raising awareness about this public health issue.

Men are more unlikely than women to seek medical treatment and are typically less concerned about their health, that is why it makes their health concerned especially troublesome and often difficult to treat. Men also are less likely to bring a healthy meal with them to work and men are more likely to dine-out more frequently and on unhealthier fare than women.

It has been shown that men with healthy-minded partners tend to be healthier themselves. They tend to have healthier habits, such as their diet, exercise and lifestyle choices (i.e., alcohol consumption and/or smoking habits).  So, it is often the women in their lives that make the biggest impact -- positively or negatively. Remember this ladies!

It's plain and simple...women out there, you have an opportunity to not only put your health first and make it a top priority, but also the health of the men in your life (not to mention your children too).  If you are a model of good health, so too will the men in your life be! Ditto for your kids as well.

With obesity effecting millions of lives, it is no surprise that the statistics are such about preventable diseases and conditions that are attributed to it...type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, arthritis, metabolic syndrome and the list goes on and on.

The top 5 killers of men in this country are:
1. Heart disease
2. Cancer
3. Accidents
4. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
5. Stroke

All I can say to the above list is: preventable, preventable, preventable! Want to change? Start now!

So, what's a guy or gal to do? Here are some helpful suggestions:
1. Improve your diet by eating a healthy, balanced diet. Check out SSHE's menu for an example of what you should eat. Portion sizes are key. Remember calories in versus calories out.
2. Be more active. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day greatly reduces all risk factors.
3. Lose weight (see #1 and #2). By reducing weight, it puts you at lower risk of almost all the major causes of death, besides accidents.
4. Keep your stress in check. The greater the temper, the greater the risk for heart disease and suffering a heart attack. Keep your cool and do something relaxing every day.
5. Ditch bad habits. Say good-bye to smoking and reduce your consumption of alcohol. If you do not drink, do not start.
6. Drink water, eliminate soda and consume coffee sparingly (watch out for coffee additives, such as cream and sugar that tend to make it unhealthy).

The best word of advice I have for anyone out there trying to improve their health is to think of change as small lifestyle changes. Do not try to make all the changes at once, otherwise you may not embrace them entirely and fall into your old ways.  Pick one big one, like soda and replace it with water. Then, when you have that habit under control, try another one until you have replaced all your unhealthy habits with healthy, new habits.

Remember that men are only as healthy as their mates. So, ladies, do your best to be a good example for the men in your lives, not to mention your children. They will model your behavior -- good or bad -- and form habits based on those.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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