From June 11 to June 17, it’s National Men’s Health Week. It’s important to take care of yourself all the time, but this week is a time to take pause and think about how you can be healthier and happier. Here are five easy ways for all men to do that.
- Have a regular health check-up: Statistically, men visit the doctor’s less than women. Haven’t been to the doctor’s in over a year? Make sure you schedule an appointment and have a physical. This way, a medical professional can make sure your body is working the way it’s supposed to and healthy. Having an annual physical can also help a doctor spot and even prevent any illness.
- Get screened for cancer: Preventative care is important, especially when it comes to catching cancer early. There are a couple ways to get screened. If you’re at home, you can do a testicular self-check exam. At Apicha CHC, our primary care providers can also perform prostate and testicular exams as well. If you’re trans, have a cervix, and need a pelvic exam, our primary care providers perform the appropriate screenings for cervical cancer. Whatever best applies to you; it’s important that all men get screened.
- Exercise:Yes, we know you’ve heard this all before. But, did you know about three quarters of American men are obese or overweight? Whether it’s walking, jogging, biking – health professionals recommend you get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week. That comes out roughly half hour a day for five days. Give it a try – you might be surprised by your results! There’s plenty of fitness and health apps to help you track your progress, too.
- Quit smoking: If you’re a smoker, this is definitely something you’d heard before. But we’re saying it again. Men are more likely to be smokers, and 18 out of 100 men are. Quitting smoking can literally change your life, physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you need help getting started, our quitting smoking series may help.
- Talk to each other: Check in with the people you care about, and start a dialogue where you can both share your feelings. So if you’re feeling sad, depressed, or anxious, reach out to someone. Depression affects everyone, but men are less likely than women to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for depression. If you’re feeling depressed, it can be hard to ask for help. Sometimes, men can feel more isolated when going through depression. Do your best to share with your partner, family, or even your friends. The people that love and care about you will also support you and make sure you get the help you need. You can read more about depression in men here. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
How Apicha CHC Can Help You
At Apicha Community Health Center, we offer a range of services for everyone, such as adult primary care, STD testing and screening, HIV/AIDS specialty care, LGBTQ specialty care, short-term behavioral health, and more. You can request an appointment for a service you need here. Be sure to select appointment type from the drop-down menu.