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Celebrate Men's Health Week In Style

06/15/12

  09:59:30 am, by MedBen5   , 302 words,  
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Celebrate Men's Health Week In Style

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. And Happy Men’s Health Week, too.

Haven’t heard of the latter? Created by Congress in 1994 to promote male health, it occurs every year on the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. So while you dads are taking well-deserved kudos, also take some time to think about your diet, exercise and overall health. (Non-dads are welcome to do this, too.)

Harvard Health Blog offers five tips for celebrating Men’s Health Week, which we summarize below:

  1. Get moving. Can you walk at a brisk pace for two miles? If so, you have a level of fitness sufficient to lower your chances of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease. If not, you can get there by putting one foot in front of the other, and going a bit further each day.
  2. Get checked for colorectal cancer. If you are age 50 or older and have not been screened for colorectal cancer, you should. Of the various cancer screenings available to men, this one is the best deal because it can prevent, not just diagnose, cancer.
  3. Know your blood pressure. If you don’t know your blood pressure, get it checked — and do whatever you have to do to keep it in a healthy range (less than 120 over 80).
  4. Cut back on sodium in your diet. The average American man can easily take in six grams of sodium a day – more than twice the recommended level. To reduce sodium intake, cut down on processed and pre-packaged food, and cook some fresh meals during the week that include a vegetable.
  5. Don’t ignore the warning signs. If you experience an unusual pain, ache, or other possible warning sign or symptom, don’t brush it off—as men are prone to do—as “probably nothing.”

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