Great Health Tip of the Day: Men’s Health Week!

June 12, 2012

This week is National Men’s Health Week!  This is a great time to think about staying strong now and preventing diseases later in life.

  • Be physically active!  Adults should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.  Be sure to include tomatoes and watermelon! These foods contain lycopene which is good for prostate health.  Fruits and veggies also help you meet the recommendation of 4700 mg of potassium, which helps maintain blood pressure and good heart health.
  • Make half your grains whole grains.  Whole grains are good for digestive health, heart health, and may reduce the risk of some cancers.  Men younger than 50 should get at least 38 grams of fiber a day, men over 50 should shoot for 30 grams.
  •  Eat at least 2 servings of fish per week.  Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids that help keep your mind sharp and may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • Choose unsaturated fats like olive oil, nuts and seeds, and avocados more often.   
  • Consume less than 2300 mg of sodium (about 1 teaspoon) per day for healthy blood pressure and to help prevent heart disease.
  • Get screenings for preventable diseases such as a prostate exam, colonoscopy, blood pressure reading, and a cholesterol level.