The Barry-Eaton District Health Department in recognizing June as Men’s Health Month with the goal to educate the public about the many preventable health problems that affect men and boys and empower them and their loved ones to move toward a healthier, happier life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention men die five years younger than women, on average, and die at higher rates for nine of the top ten causes of death. Men are the majority of workplace injuries, less likely to be insured and far less likely to see a doctor for preventive care, which impacts their ability to be an involved father, supportive husband and engaged member of their community.
To stay healthy and live a long life men should:
· People who eat a healthy diet and engage in physical activity live longer and are at lower risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. For tips on eating healthy visit
· Smoking causes heart disease, cancer, and stroke—the first, second, and fifth leading causes of death among men in the United States. For more information on the benefits of quitting smoking, and how to quit visit .
· Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups help identify issues early or before they can become a problem. For recommended checkups and screenings visit .
· If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack call 911 immediately. Major signs of a heart attack include pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back; feeling weak, light-headed, or faint; chest pain or discomfort; pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder and; shortness of breath. More information about heart disease and heart attacks can be found at .
· Depression is one of the leading causes of disease or injury worldwide for men. Signs of depression include persistent sadness, grumpiness, and feelings of hopelessness, tiredness and decreased energy, and thoughts of suicide.
This month is a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier, but they don’t have to do it alone. One can help support the health and safety of men in their life whether it’s your husband, partner, dad, brother, son or friend Anyone can be supportive and help men make that first step toward living a longer, healthier life.