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Men's Health Today

National Men’s Health Week is observed each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. This observance serves as a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier, but they don’t have to do it alone! Whether it’s your husband, partner, dad, brother, son, or friend you can help support the health of the men in your life.

Men's Health Step by Step

Healthy Habits

  • Eat Healthy: Calculate your MyPlate Plan to find out exactly how much and what foods you need, based on your height, weight, age, and physical activity level.
  • Be Physically Active: Make a plan to get active! Create your Activity Planner on the Department of Health and Human Services Move Your Way Set your own weekly goals, choose the activities you want to do, and get personalized tips to help you stay motivated. When you’re done, print your plan or share it with friends and family.
  • Avoid Tobacco Products: It’s never too late to quit smoking. Quitting smoking now improves your health and reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. Start your quitting journey today!
  • Manage Stress: Not all stress is bad. But long-term stress can lead to health problems. Preventing and managing long-term stress can lower your risk for other conditions like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression. Learn more about managing stress.

Regular Check Ups

Prevention starts with seeing a healthcare provider on a regular basis. Adult men in the United States visit primary care providers at lower rates than adult women. Establishing baselines for factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight—and monitoring how they change over time—will enable the provider to catch potentially dangerous conditions early, when they’re still treatable. Use the MyHealthfinder tool to get personalized preventive services recommendations. Print out the list and take it with you to your next doctor’s appointment

Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States and half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Sometimes heart disease may be “silent” and not diagnosed until a man experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or an arrhythmia. When these events happen, symptoms may include:

  • Heart attack: Chest pain or discomfort, upper back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
  • Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest (palpitations).
  • Heart failure: Shortness of breath, fatigue, or swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, abdomen, or neck veins.

Recognize the Signs of Depression and How to Seek Help

Depression can affect men and women differently. When depression occurs in men, it may be masked by unhealthy coping behavior. For a number of reasons, male depression often goes undiagnosed and can have devastating consequences when it goes untreated. But male depression usually gets better with treatment. If you or a loved one are unsure of where to go for help, ask your health care provider. You can also find resources online including the NIMH website at www.nimh.nih.gov/FindHelp, or check with your insurance carrier to find someone who participates in your plan. Hospital doctors can help in an emergency.

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