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Hey guys: When was the last time you took charge of your health?

Hey guys: When was the last time you took charge of your health?

Mens health month

June is Men's Health Month. As we head toward the warmer summer months, the Men's Health Network  reminds everyone to focus on the men and boys in their lives and support good health, disease prevention and routine screening.

A healthy diet and regular exercise play a big part in health and long life, but regular wellness checkups and knowing family history of diseases also makes a difference. Whether it's catching up on immunizations for your son, getting back to that challenging-but beneficial-workout that strengthen the abs or scheduling to have blood drawn to dispel prostate cancer concerns, there's always something that can be done to get even closer to better health. And while men may be the first to say they're fine, statistics show that on average, men die about five years sooner than women and have higher mortality rates in the areas of cancer and heart disease. Men are also less likely to schedule routine medical exams for preventive screenings and more likely to be uninsured.

But the good news is that the combined support of health professionals, family members, employers and researchers can help bring attention to these issues and encourage men to get to the optimal level of health for their lives. So take this June to brush up on your health IQ, get familiar with up-to-date health guidelines and let the man or boy in your life know they're appreciated.

"Men notice when their car doesn't perform properly, but don't listen when their own bodies tells them it's time to see a doctor," stated Scott Williams, Vice President of Men's Health Network of the US. "Men's Health Month is a call to action for all men and their families to take ownership of their health and well-being."

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