HEALTH-e Awareness

   MEN'S HEALTH MONTH

   Emphasize the importance of wellness 

   from the head of the table

 


June is Men’s Health Month and a great time for men to pause and think about their overall health and wellbeing. For the women, think about the men in your lives. While the life-expectancy gap between men and women is smaller than it used to be, it’s no secret that it is important for men to make their health a priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventative services than men. Men also tend to engage in behaviors such as smoking and drinking more often than women. There are also health conditions that affect only men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face—like colon cancer or heart disease—may be reduced or even prevented with proper screening, early diagnosis, and healthy lifestyle habits.

 

 

Here are three simple steps men can take now to improve their health:

1. Research family history. Talk to family members to find out the health conditions that run in your family. Use the free family health history tool at www.familyhistory.hhs.gov to keep track of what you learn. Share this information with your healthcare professional during your next checkup—it may impact at what age he/she recommends certain screenings.

 

2. Make small changes every day! Small changes can add up to big results.

  • If you don’t exercise, start doing 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
  • Drink water instead of soda or juice.
  • Skip the salt.

 

3. Get your numbers checked

  • Speak to your health care provider about the specific screenings you need for your age


For more information, visit www.cdc.gov.

 

HEALTH-e Ideas

GET YOUR 5 SERVINGS

Focus on fruit!


 

 

Getting the recommended 3-5 servings of fruits & veggies daily will provide you with vital nutrients. Fruits are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Making fruit a part of your normal diet can help reduce the risk of obesity and may even help reduce your risk of some chronic diseases, like heart disease and certain types of cancers. Here are some tips to help you get your daily dose!

 

  • Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the table, counter, or in the refrigerator.
  • Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor.
  • Buy fruits that are dried, frozen, and canned (in water or 100% juice) as well as fresh, so that you always have a supply on hand.
  • When choosing canned fruits, select fruit canned in 100% fruit juice or water rather than syrup.
  • Make most of your choices whole or cut-up fruit rather than juice, for the benefits dietary fiber provides.
  • Increase your potassium intake through fruits like bananas, prunes, dried peaches and apricots.
  • Vary your fruit choices. Different fruits offer different nutrients.
  • Try fat-free or low-fat yogurt as a dip for fruits like strawberries or melons.
  • Make a fruit smoothie by blending fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit. Try bananas, peaches, strawberries or other berries.

For more information, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov.

 

 

HEALTH-e Connections

                                              PROSTATE CANCER

         Get the basics on Prostate Cancer

         What is Prostate Cancer?

 

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages. It is rare in men younger than 40. The prostate is the gland below a man's bladder that produces fluid for semen. Levels of a substance called prostate specific antigen (PSA) is often high in men with prostate cancer. However, PSA can also be high with other prostate conditions. Since the PSA test became common, most prostate cancers are found before they cause symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

Symptoms of prostate cancer may include:

  • Problems passing urine, such as pain, difficulty starting or stopping the stream, or dribbling
  • Low back pain
  • Pain with ejaculation

What is the treatment for Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer treatment often depends on the stage of the cancer. How fast the cancer grows and how different it is from surrounding tissue helps determine the stage. Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or control of hormones that affect the cancer.

For more information, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov.

 

 

HEALTH-e Buzz

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

Ready, set, safety!


Take five minutes, or even less, to increase your health and safety this summer! Summer brings fun, sunshine and time outdoors! If you are not careful, summertime can also bring several health and safety challenges. Review the following summer safety tips and commit to having a safe and healthy summer!

  • Wear a life jacket and avoid alcohol while on the water.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after being outdoors.
  • Leave fireworks to the professionals.
  • Make sure you and your passengers are buckled in safely every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
  • Wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing when in the sun.
  • If possible, avoid being in the sun between 10am and 4pm

Summer safety is important for you and those around you. Whether planning your vacation, outdoor get-togethers, or just an afternoon activity outside keep these tips in mind for a safe & healthy summer!

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov.