Real Men Take Charge of Their Health

Men’s Health Week is June 11-17

With Father’s Day around the corner, State Health Officials are encouraging men to make a life-long commitment to healthier living, as well as take an active role in promoting healthy living in their community.

“Father’s Day is a time to appreciate dad, but it’s also an opportunity for men to focus on their own health and wellbeing,” said State Health Officer Sheri Johnson. “The steps that men can take to become healthier will not only have a positive effect on their own lives, but also on the lives of their family and the community as a whole.”

Men can do a number of things to live a healthy life, including:
*See your doctor every year. Talk to your health care provider about your specific health concerns and your family history. Include information about diseases that run in your family. Routine exams and screenings can detect problems early.
*Quit Smoking. Ask your doctor for help to quit smoking, or call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or en español 1-877-2NO-FUME (1-877-266-3863). Also, reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and support smoke-free workplaces.
*Control your blood pressure. Ask your health care provider what a healthy number is for you and how often you need it checked.
*Maintain a healthy weight. Eat better, get regular exercise, and see your health care provider about any health concerns to make sure you are on the right track to staying healthy. For those who are overweight, even a small weight loss can be beneficial in improving overall health.
*Manage stress. Take care of your mental health and get enough sleep.
*Be safe – protect yourself. Use seat belts, wear helmets when biking or riding a motorcycle, and wear safety equipment when using machinery and tools. Insist on safe sex.
*Get Involved.  Participate in organizations that promote healthy living within your community, like the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.
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