“HEALTH DEPARTMENT NOTES JUNE NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH MONTH & JUNE 11-17 MEN’S HEALTH WEEK!”
The Henry and Stark County Health Department’s announce that June has been designated National Men’s Health Month and June 11-17 has been designated Men’s Week. It’s not just good luck and good genes that lead to a healthy life. Research shows that our actions have a big say in the matter, too. Many major health problems that affect men and boys are preventable through lifestyle changes, early detection, and treatment.
The Health Department staff notes Men’s Health Week by focusing on these top tips for men to maintain good health and long lives.
*Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need to be examined.
*Get enough sleep.
*Stay at a healthy weight.
*Get moving – take part in regular exercise.
*Be smoke-free. If you smoke, quit today!
*Avoid heavy drinking.
The Health Departments note that as many people consider health care today; the ideas of prevention and early detection of disease will become increasingly important. To illustrate this point the Department staff notes the following statistics:
* Despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of five years less than women, with African-American men having the lowest life expectancy.
* Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, afflicting 1 out of every 11 American men and killing 34,000 men every year.
* If prostate cancer is detected early it can be treated effectively, but early prostate cancer has no symptoms.
* Appropriate use of tests such as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) exams, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol checks, etc., in conjunction with clinical examination can result in the detection of many of problems in their early stages and increase survival rates to nearly 100%.
The Health Department offers many Men’s Health Services, to schedule an appointment call (309) 852-5272 (Kewanee) or (309) 792-4011 (Colona). For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.