To Your Health

Guys, How’s Your Health?

These tips can help you live long and well.

  • Get routine medical and dental exams. Maintain a strong relationship with your providers.
  • Sound sleep can help you feel your best and do your job well. It’s also critical to building your body’s defenses against infection, illness, and heart disease.
  • Slather on sunscreen. Use a minimum 30 SPF outdoors to help prevent skin cancer and facial wrinkles.
  • Don’t ignore signs of depression. Ongoing worry, sadness and negative feelings can lead to insomnia and alcohol abuse.
  • Add daily doses of fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens. They’re packed with vitamins and minerals. Check out the summer fruit bonanza below!
  • Guard your heart. Keep your weight and blood pressure in check, and get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, each week. Get your health care provider’s approval first if you’re unaccustomed to exercise.
  • Strength training keeps your muscles strong. It also helps manage or prevent many chronic health conditions, including arthritis and back pain. Get your provider’s okay first if you have a chronic ailment.
  • Spending time with family and friends can be as good for you as maintaining a healthy weight or being tobacco–free.
  • Having 15 or more alcoholic drinks per week is heavy drinking, which can cause poor sleep, poor work, chronic health problems, and premature aging.

Summer Fruit Bonanza

Fresh, juicy fruits are the tastes of summer. Savor the best of the season by pairing fruit with your meals and snacks.

Pop some grapes and berries in the freezer—when blended, they’re a makeshift ice cream. Grill pineapple and peaches on the barbecue, add berries to green salads and make fun fruit kabobs for the kids. Buy from farmers markets to see how wonderful fresh fruit tastes straight from the field.

Studies show that eating fruit helps keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check—key to heart health.

So the next time you crave a regular soft drink or a candy bar, grab some strawberries or peaches instead.

–by Cara Rosenbloom, RD

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