Alice Smith

Every year Men’s Health Week is celebrated in the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Here are several tips for men on how to take better care of themselves. Men need to get regular check-ups. Men are half as likely to visit a doctor for a check-up as women, and over 7 million men have not seen a doctor in over 10 years! If you cannot remember the last time you had a complete physical, call your doctor and make an appointment. After all you would not let 10 years go between oil changes, would you?

Most men need to be more physically active and June is a great time to start a healthier lifestyle by being more physically active. Research shows exercise helps prevent heart disease and obesity, and lowers blood pressure. Everyone should aim for 30 to 60 minutes on most days. You can even spread it out over the course of your day.

Most men, as well as women can improve the nutritional quality of their diet. Some tips on how to improve your diet include eating a varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat foods. Limit cholesterol intake and avoid saturated fats in your diet.

When a warning light flashes on the car dashboard, most men take the car to the shop. But when warning lights flash on their body, most men do not (or will not) notice. Examples of flashing lights to look for are changes in bowel or bladder habits, persistent backaches, recurrent chest pains, and extreme fatigue. Men’s health issues significantly impact everyone around them, and far too many men never see a doctor unless there is something seriously wrong or a partner or spouse makes the appointment for them. Women and men should educate themselves about potential male health problems.

In observance of Men’s Health Week, the Men’s Health Forum are raising awareness of seven numbers that all men need to know. The key numbers for men include 37, 150, 5, 10, 120/80 and 75.. A waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. 150 — men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. 5 — we should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. 10 — Cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers. 120/80 — normal blood pressure. 75 — 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men.

Before you say these numbers do not apply to you, please remember that, 1 man in 5 dies before the age of 65, 2 men in 5 die before the age of 75, 3 out of 4 suicides are by men, and men in unskilled work are 3 times more likely to take their own lives than men in senior management. One man in five dies before he is old enough to retire. Together, by knowing our numbers, we can change this statistic. All men need to take National Men’s Health Week as a reminder to pause, and take better care of themselves!

Most men like to grill and with the weather’s heating up, grilling is a prefered cooking method! Outdoor cooking is a great way to celebrate the sunshine with friends and family, but it can also pose risks to proper food safety. Follow these simple guidelines to keep bacteria at bay.

Marinate meats in the refrigerator, not on the counter. Room temperature is a great environment for bacteria to grow. If you would like to use your marinade for basting or dipping, reserve some before it comes in contact with raw meat or bring it to a boil after marinating and before basting. Wash any utensils or plates that have come in contact with raw meat before using them with cooked foods.

Use a food thermometer, placed in the muscle, to ensure that meat has reached proper cooking temperature. Color of meat or juices do not ensure proper cooking temperature has been reached. Failure to reach proper cooking temperature will not ensure elimination of harmful pathogens including E.coli and Salmonella.

Steak, fish filets, pork chops, should be cooked to 145℉. Ground meat ground beef, sausage, needs to reach 160℉. Poultry Chicken, turkey, duck, (including ground poultry) needs to be 165℉. Serve food as soon as possible after grilling to avoid cooling to a temperature ideal for pathogen growth. If the outdoor temperature is 85°F or hotter, serve within an hour. On days hotter than 90 degrees refrigerate within 2 hours after cooking. On cooler days refrigerate within 4 hours after cooking.

So gentlemen, fire up the grill and try this delicious, healthy chicken recipe, Marinated Lemon Thyme Chicken. Mix 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon chopped thyme or 1 teaspoon dried, and 2 cloves garlic. Place chicken in a shallow container and cover with marinade mixture. Let sit in refrigerator 30 minutes. Preheat grill or broiler. Cook chicken until it reaches at least 165℉.

Prepare some vegetables kabobs or grill fresh asparagus or other vegetables to serve with the chicken.

Happy Father’s Day and pay special attention to Men’s Health this month.