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National Men’s Health Week: Doing Your Part to Promote Men’s Health

Created Jun 16 2015, 08:00 PM by Lippincott Solutions
  • disease prevention
  • health promotion
  • health screening

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

This week the celebration of Father’s Day coincides with National Men’s Health Week,  set aside by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage men and boys to make their health a priority. As we celebrate the men and boys in our lives, it’s a great time to take the opportunity to share with them ways that they can improve their health.

What can you do?

Get educated about men’s health issues. Intentionally initiate conversations with men in your facility, at home, and in your community. You never know the impact that you can have with just one conversation.

What do you include in those conversations?

There are a variety of health issues you can include, but you should focus on the individual to whom you’re speaking.; This way you can include key individualized issues in the conversation. Does the individual look tired, stressed, or over-weight? Is he consuming unhealthy foods? Is he smoking? That’s the opportunity for a starting point.

Health topics

Here are some health issues that you can include as topics of your conversation:

Sleep—Insufficient sleep is associated with chronic health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, and obesity. Motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents are commonly a consequence of inadequate sleep. Adults should have seven to nine hours of sleep each night (or day, for shift workers). Here are some tips that you can include to help the individual get enough sleep:

  • Go to bed at the same time every night and rise the same time each morning
  • Sleep in a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment
  • Remove electronics from the bedroom
  • Make a comfortable sleeping environment
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime.

Stress—Some stress can be good; but when it makes the individual feel overwhelmed or out of control, it can be harmful. Tips that you can give to help combat stress include:

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol
  • Stay active
  • Connect socially with others
  • Seek support from others
  • Take care of yourself.

Inactivity—Inactivity can lead to a variety of health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and orthopedic issues.  Here are some tips that you can include to help combat inactivity:

  • Get at least 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week
  • Perform muscle strengthening activities that exercise all major muscle groups
  • Perform these activities on two or more days of the week; sessions can be broken into small amounts of time during the day if time is limited.

Unhealthy food consumption—Foods high in calories, sugar, salt, and fat can cause obesity and aggravate other medical conditions such as diabetes. Include these tips to combat unhealthy eating:

  • Restrict sodium in your diet; eat fresh meats; limit sauces, mixes, and instant products, and buy low-sodium, reduced sodium or no-salt-added products.
  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day
  • Limit foods and beverages that are high in calories, sugar, and salt
  • Avoid alcohol.

Tobacco use—smoking can cause heart disease, lung cancer and other lung disease, throat cancer, and a variety of other illnesses. Tips that can help combat tobacco use include:

  • Get help to quit smoking; there are a variety of methods and resources that can assist and support you
  • Get support from others
  • Avoid exposing others to second-hand smoke.

Medical conditions—a variety of medical conditions affect men’s health, some of which may not cause symptoms. Regular medical examinations are important to identify health issues before they become a problem. Here are some tips you can give to help prevent or identify medical conditions:

  • Get screened for colorectal cancer
  • Protect your skin from the sun
  • Get a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (they’re recommended for boys ages 11 or 12, or teenage boys or men through age 21, men who have sex with men through age 26, or men with a compromised immune system [including HIV] through age 26, if they didn’t receive all three doses of the vaccine when younger).
  • Keep track of your blood pressure, blood glucose level, cholesterol level, body mass index, or other indicators; ask your practitioner or nurse how you can get values to a healthier level. Inquire about regular screening
  • Ask your practitioner about immunizations; everyone needs them to stay healthy.
  • Pay attention to your body; see your nurse or practitioner immediately if you experience signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. Don’t delay!

This week, as we all celebrate the men in our lives, take the time and have the conversation. What are your plans for promoting men’s health in your facility, family, or community?

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