• Eat healthy
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Get moving and exercise
• Quit smoking
• Get routine exams and screenings for disease prevention
• Get appropriate vaccinations
• Learn to manage stress
• Know yourself and your health risks
• Be safe – protect yourself from accidents
• Be good to yourself
• Leading causes of death in men
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” There’s more truth to this saying than we once thought. What you eat and drink and what you don’t eat and drink can definitely make a difference to your health. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day and less saturated fat can help improve your health and may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Have a balanced diet, and watch how much you eat. For more, please read our Nutrition article.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obesity is at an all time high in the United States, and the epidemic may be getting worse. Those who are overweight or obese have increased risks for diseases and conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. 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 more, please read the Weight Loss, and Obesity articles.
More than 50 percent of American men and women do not get enough physical activity to provide health benefits. For adults, thirty minutes of moderate physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week is recommended. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money, but it does take commitment. Start slowly, work up to a satisfactory level, and don’t overdo it. You can develop one routine, or you can do something different every day. Find fun ways to stay in shape and feel good, such as dancing, gardening, cutting the grass, swimming, walking, or jogging. For more, please read the Exercise article.
Health concerns associated with smoking include cancer and lung disease. Smoking triples the risk of dying from heart disease among those who are middle-aged. Second-hand smoke – smoke that you inhale when others smoke – also affects your health. If you smoke, quit today! Helplines, counseling, medications, and other forms of support are available to help you quit. For more, please read the Quitting Smoking article.