The foundation of good health is the same no matter what your age! For National Men’s Health Week, VEBA is emphasizing the importance of taking care of your health, especially for those in basic health conditions. We encourage all men and boys to take the following steps to prioritize their health not only this week but throughout the year!
Talk to your healthcare provider
Did you know that two-thirds of men visit women as a healthcare provider, but are often reluctant to share if something is bothering them? In fact, most men don’t even realize that sometimes the physical symptoms they are experiencing, such as chronic pain or digestive problems, can be caused by a mental health problem. It is important to always talk to your healthcare provider if you feel something different about your health. If you are afraid to talk to your healthcare provider, the National Institutes of Health offers advice and suggestions.
Get the recommended screening and precautionary care
The leading causes of death in men are heart disease, injuries and cancer. Getting regular check-ups and preventive screening is essential for early detection of any problems so that any necessary treatment is more effective. During epidemics, fewer people continue their routine checkups. Dr. Lee Remington-Bone, VEBA’s co-medical director, explains why it’s important and safe to see your doctor. Talk to your doctor to find out what screenings and tests you need and when.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet
Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Since heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for men, it is important to choose a heart-healthy diet. By doing this, you can reduce your chances of developing atherosclerosis, an arterial blockage that can eventually lead to heart disease.
Here are some tips from the Men’s Health Resource Center to help you maintain a heart-healthy diet:
Limit saturated fats and sugar.
Avoid any foods that contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (also called “trans fats”).
Limit your salt intake.
Don’t skip breakfast.
Read food labels.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eat less often and less packaged foods.
You can also join our weekly cooking classes or browse healthy recipes to make at home to help you maintain a heart-healthy diet.
Stay active and stay active
According to the CDC, in 2015-2018, 40.5% of men aged 20.5 years were considered obese. Staying physically active is one of the best and most important steps to stay healthy. Everyone should be active for at least 30 minutes every day. These 30 minutes of activity should be in addition to the daily routine.
To help you move forward, the VEBA Resource Center offers free virtual movement classes such as HIIT Cardio, Strength Training, and Dance Fitness. All classes are perfect for each level.
Take care of your mental health
Many men know (or at least have a strong suspicion) that they have a mental illness, but are silent, afraid to admit that they need help. This fear may be due to being perceived as weak. Untreated mental health conditions can worsen and have serious consequences. It is important to take care of your mental health, especially in our ever-changing environment.
With COVID-19, it’s easy to get lost in the news and start getting overwhelmed. If you are feeling overwhelmed and need to reschedule, we offer classes at the VEBA Resource Center to help, such as “Mind Making for Parents and Teachers” or “Mid Day Mind Flint Refresh”. These classes are designed to promote healing and rehabilitation and will help you improve your mindset in a calm, nurturing environment.
If you or someone you know needs mental health help, we’ve compiled this list of local and national resources.
Find healthy ways to manage stress
Stress is a change or a physical response to a challenge. Many mental health professionals consider stress to be one of the biggest health problems in the United States. Although both men and women suffer from stress, they have very different ways of dealing with it. Men relieve their stress and refuse to talk about it either by trying to get away physically or by denying that there is a problem. Long-term stress can lead to serious health problems, so it is important to find healthy ways to deal with stress.
Below are some videos to help manage stress.
St Sleep for stress management.
St Food to relieve stress.
Journaling to relieve stress
Movement to relieve stress.
Tips for stressful parents.
Breathing to relieve stress.
If you feel overwhelmed and stressed, join our “Rehabilitation Yoga for Stress Management” class on Monday at 4:00 PM. This class will teach you how stress and anxiety present themselves in the body, mind and emotions. Learn effective tools to help you manage and reduce your stress and anxiety through yoga poses and techniques.
Follow healthy behaviors
About 14.9% of men aged 18 and over are in good or bad health. To live a healthy lifestyle, it is important to remember to follow a healthy lifestyle. Start with small movements and daily decisions, such as getting enough sleep, avoiding anxious driving, quitting smoking, and monitoring your alcohol intake. If you need help overcoming obstacles and living a healthy life, meet one of our care navigators who can help you make the right plan.
Taking the first step towards better health is not always easy, and everyone has their own point of view. The key is what works for you. Take the time to consider your health goals, find out what motivates you, and determine what is holding you back from being healthy.
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