NBC12 VIEWPOINT: National Men's Health Week

By: Kym Grinnage

This message is directed to all of the men in the audience and the women who care about them. Historically, the mortality rates for men are much higher than women, and some of the main reasons are the lack of preventative healthcare, lifestyle choices and ultimately poor health.

June is National Men's Health Month, and June 15-21 is National Men's Health Week. This week is a good time to remind all men that there are steps that can be taken to improve our health and ultimately the long term quality of our lives.

The Center for Disease Control suggests the following things that we should do during National Health Week:

• Toss out the tobacco

• Drink less

• Get more movement and exercise

• Make a doctor's appointment for a check up

• Eat healthier

• Tame your stress

A man's health is a man's responsibility. If you care about your family and those who love you, take the time to care of yourself.

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