The leading cause of death for males in the United States is heart disease—followed closely by cancer. Men’s Health Awareness encourages men to focus on their health and well-being in an attempt to reduce preventable health conditions.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
What you eat and drink can make a significant difference in your overall health. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, little saturated fat and no trans fats can improve your health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other chronic diseases.
KNOW YOUR HEALTH RISKS
Your genetics, environment and lifestyle all contribute to your health. These factors may put you at an increased risk for developing certain diseases or conditions.
Since you can’t change some of those factors (like your genes), focus on addressing any behaviors you do have control over, such as your diet, activity level and smoking. Make as many changes as you can to improve your well-being.
MANAGE YOUR STRESS
Perhaps now more than ever before, job stress poses a threat to the health of workers and, in turn, to the health of organizations. Balancing obligations to your employer and your family can be challenging.
Protect your mental health by engaging in activities that decrease your stress, such as enjoying your favorite hobby, exercising, reading or spending time with friends or family. Managing your stress can help keep you stay healthy.
Nearly 80% of Americans do not get enough physical activity. For adults, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity throughout the week. HHS also recommends adults do strength training exercises at least two days per week. Being active does not take a lot of time or money, but it does require a commitment. Start slowly, work up to a satisfactory level, and do not overdo it. Develop a workout routine or try something different every day. Find fun ways to stay in shape and feel good, such as gardening, swimming, walking the dog or jogging.
4 ROUTINE SCREENINGS FOR MEN’S HEALTH
Preventive care, including regular doctor visits, is important for everyone. There are certain tests and screenings that are specific to men and their needs. Consider incorporating these four screenings, tests and exams into your life to promote good health and prevent the onset of certain conditions.
- Prostate Cancer Screening: Men over the age of 50 should have a yearly digital rectal exam and prostate screening test.
- Testicular Cancer Screening: All teenage and adult males should have a testicular exam every time they visit the doctor for a physical exam.
- Colorectal Cancer Screening: Men should have a colorectal screening to detect cancerous cells and growths in the inside wall of the colon after the age of 50.
- Skin Cancer Screening: Older men are twice as likely as women to develop melanoma and men, in general, are two to three times more likely to get non-melanoma basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers than women are. A skin exam by a dermatologist or other health professional should be part of a routine checkup.
Please speak with your doctor about what other men’s health screenings would be beneficial for you and your health. Remember, preventive care is covered at 100% under all TSHBP plans. Contact our Care Coordination team if you have any questions about your coverage or need help locating a physician at 888.803.0081.