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It’s Two Reasons to Celebrate in the Month of June
by J. Chevonte’ Alexander
Dad, Daddy, Pop, Big Guy…whatever you want to call him, fathers are our protectors, our support, who we look to, to provide wisdom – and for me, my first love. When our fathers grow older and it seems like the parent – child relationship seems to interchange, we want our parents to stay healthy and active; and, this month is no better time than to encourage the wonderful men in our lives to head to the doctor for their checkups and remind them that we want them to live a long life!
Some of the best times of the year are in June – children are finishing up the school year, the hot weather is finally here and it is the season everyone loves, summer! June is also Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day is June 19th! Every June, Americans are reminded to reach out to the father figures in their lives and thank them for all that they do.
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The month gives healthcare providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
According to Dr. David Gremillion of the Men’s Health Network, “there is a silent health crisis in America. It’s the fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.”
Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death, and are the victims of over 92 percent of workplace deaths.
Men should make their health a top priority and take daily steps to be healthier and stronger. There are many easy things that can be done every day to create a healthy lifestyle.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these tips for men on leading a healthy life:
- Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases.
- Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
- Get moving. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
- Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke.
- Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need to be examined.
- Take any medications you need. Thousands of deaths could be prevented each year by taking medications properly.
- Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems, including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems, and accidents. For men 65 and younger, drinking in moderation means no more than two drinks per day. Men older than 65 should have no more than one drink a day.
- Manage stress. Balancing work and family obligations can be challenging. But it’s important to protect your mental and physical health.
- Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood and your health. See your doctor if you think you have a serious problem.
- Know your numbers. Learn how your lifestyle affects your risk of health problems. Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), or any others you may have.
- Stay safe. Safety means many things, like wearing seatbelts and helmets, having working smoke detectors, and following safety rules at work.
So, this June join Urban Views Weekly in celebrating the men in our families and communities! Happy Father’s Day and Happy Men’s Health Month!