By Ronald G. Rios
Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director
Chairperson, Committee of Public Health and Education
Father’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to show the fathers, brothers, husbands and sons in your life that you care, than bringing their attention to National Men’s Health Week.
Since 1994, National Men’s Health Week has been providing education to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This year, Men’s Health Week will be observed from June 14 to 20, ending just in time for Father’s Day. The goal of this year’s event is to raise awareness and to teach men and their families about the importance of positive health attitudes, yearly check ups and other preventative health practices.
It’s no surprise that men need to pay greater attention to their preventative health care. Many of the health risks that men face, like heart disease, diabetes and prostate or colon cancers, can be successfully treated with an early diagnosis. Yearly exams and other tests can help find diseases like these early on, when they are at their easiest to treat.
Men can follow these 10 steps to live a healthier and safer life:
- Learn your family health history.
- Know your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose (sugar) numbers.
- Get a check-up.
- Talk to your doctor about vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Know the signs and symptoms of diseases and conditions.
- Get enough sleep. (7 to 9 hours per night for adults)
- Eat healthy: Eat more fruits and vegetables and limit food and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat and alcohol.
- Get active.
- Be smoke free.
- Work and play safely.
I cannot stress enough the importance of having regular checkups and screenings and becoming educated about male health issues in general.
I encourage everyone to talk to the men in their lives, and all men to talk to their doctors- because early detection can save lives.
For more information about adult health services, please call the Middlesex County Public Health Department at 732-745-3100.
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