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Make sure you’re rocking some blue this month – it’s Men’s Health Month. 

Each June seeks to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Buoyed by the Men’s Health Network, the month showcases health issues men face and provides a guide to a healthy lifestyle. Wearing blue this month is a simple way to help spread awareness. 

It’s never too early or late to learn about and practice healthy lifestyles. Use Men’s Health Month as opportunity to educate your young boys about their health, commit to a healthy lifestyle, or reaffirm your healthy living. Below are three tips to get you started.

Exercise
Yes, we know: the benefits of physical activity have been immensely covered; but it’s that important! And you don’t even need to be a devout athlete to reap the benefits. A brisk walk for a couple miles a day lowers your chances of having a heart attack. If you’ve been meaning to start exercising, start and slow and build your endurance. The race to better health is a marathon, not a sprint.

Get to Know the Warning Signs
As we age we should become more mindful of unhealthy warning signs. Too many men brush off pain and aches as “nothing” and never see a doctor. By understanding warning signs, you’ll know when you should seek evaluation. For example: excessive sweating, shortness of breath, or exhaustion could be signs of a treatable heart or lung problem; pain in the breastbone (not solely the left arm) could signal an imminent heart attack; blood in urine or stool can seem harmless, but requires a check-up to ensure there’s nothing serious occurring. The best way to maintain good health is to be proactive about it. Don’t ignore warning signs.

Get Screened
Are you 50 years or older? Time for a colorectal cancer screening. Of all the screenings you can get, colorectal cancer is one of the more imperative ones because it can help prevent, along with diagnose, cancer. Colonoscopies can find and remove precancerous colon polyps.

Learn more about cancer screenings at Memorial Healthcare here.

There’s never an endpoint in striving toward good health. It’s constantly earned and maintained. It’s a lifelong pursuit. There are numerous things to practice and learn when it comes to good health. Use Men’s Health Month as opportunity to start your healthy journey or learn something new that you can do to improve your health. Oh, and wear blue!