June is Men's Health Month: St. Anthony Clinic's Tips for Keeping Men Healthy

We all strive for the men in our lives to be happy, healthy, and live longer, yet it often feels like this is out of our control. While external factors do affect overall happiness, there are ways to help men develop healthier habits that can improve both their lives and ours.

posted on 6/1/2024 in Features

Men’s Health Tips

  1. Regular Doctor Visits: Encourage him to choose a trusted primary care physician for discussing health concerns. Annual physicals are recommended, especially for those aged 40 and older. Men in their 20s and 30s should schedule check-ups every two years. Find a doctor here.
  2. Healthy Diet: Nutrition impacts overall body function. Aim for two to three servings of fish weekly for omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit heart and brain health and reduce stress. Fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens and berries, boost mood with vitamin C. Replace saturated fats with healthier unsaturated fats found in nuts and avocados.
  3. Stay Active: Regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, strengthen heart health, and improve mood. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity four to six days a week. Activities can include anything from running and golfing to yard work or playing basketball.
  4. Stress Reduction: Balancing work and life, along with finding healthy stress-relief methods, is crucial for well-being. Encourage him to spend 30 minutes a day doing something he enjoys, such as running, reading, playing music, or socializing.
  5. Stay Connected: Social interactions improve mood and relaxation. Encourage face-to-face time with friends through activities like fishing, golfing, or dining out. If physical distancing is necessary, schedule virtual hangouts to stay connected.
  6. Sleep Well: Quality sleep is vital for optimal body and mind function. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep per night, with eight being ideal. To improve sleep quality, avoid screens (phones, tablets, laptops) for at least two hours before bedtime.
  7. Time to Kick the Habit: If he smokes, gently encourage him to quit. Smoking endangers not only his health but also the health of loved ones. Alcohol should be enjoyed in moderation (one to two drinks per day).

Men of all ages can enhance their chances of living happier, healthier, and longer lives by adopting healthy habits and managing health conditions. St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, IA, is dedicated to improving community health by providing high-quality healthcare services tailored to our patients' needs. For more information, visit our website or call us at 712-792-3581.