National Men’s Health Month is celebrated each June. This month-long health observance helps to communicate the importance of early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men across the country are encouraged this week to make their health a top priority and lead safer, stronger, and healthier lives.

How can you support National Men’s Health Month in your community? Share CDC’s infographic, Time to Scale Back, which draws attention to growing portion sizes. Burgers today are three times bigger than they were in the 1950s. And men are, on average, 28 pounds heavier.

You can also encourage the men in your community to adopt healthy behaviors, such as:

  • Get Good Sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. In general, adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
  • Toss out the Tobacco. It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.
  • Move More. Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week, and muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. You don't have to do it all at once. Spread your activity out during the week, and break it into smaller chunks of time during the day.
  • Eat Healthy. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. They are sources of many vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit consumption of foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol. Choose healthy snacks.

Want to know more?
National Men’s Health Week: http://www.cdc.gov/men/nmhw/
CDC’s Men’s Health: http://www.cdc.gov/men/
Men’s Health eCards: http://t.cdc.gov/ecards/browse.aspx?category=196

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