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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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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