PUBLISHED: 5:14 PM on Wednesday, June 15, 2005
SEARHC encourages men to get regular checkups
There is an ongoing, increasing, and predominately silent crisis in the health and wellbeing of men. Due to a number of factors, men's health and well-being are deteriorating steadily. This crisis is most dramatically seen in mortality figures. In 1920, the life expectancy of men and women was about the same. By 1990, women were outliving men by men seven years. Today, for every one of the top 10 leading causes of death in America, men lead the death toll.

"As men, we need to drop our tough guy act," said Nate Mohatt, health promotion program manager at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. "Our perceived need to be strong and in control is killing us. From homicide to suicide, chest pain or no pains, it is time for us to stop and ask for help. "

But Mohatt said that there is good news.

"Men live longer, healthier lives when they take better care of themselves. June 13-17 is National Men's Health Week and SEARHC is taking this opportunity to call attention to the simple fact that regular medical exams, preventive screenings, exercise and healthy eating habits help save lives."

In addition to the specific steps Mohatt urges men to take to improve their health, he shared these health tips for men from the National Wellness Institute:

• Get physically active and stay physically active.

• Eat a balanced, healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, high in fiber, and low in fat and salt; watch your portion size.

• Avoid risky behaviors such as using tobacco or illegal drugs, abusing alcohol, and driving without a seat belt.

• Maintain a healthy weight by being physically active while eating the amount of nutritious food you need to maintain that weight.

• If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. More than two drinks a day can raise a man's risk for high blood pressure, stroke, and some forms of cancer.

• If you smoke, quit. Tobacco use continues to be the leading preventable cause of premature death in the U.S.

• Get routine health screenings and medical care when needed.

• Manage your stress. Engage in activities that help you manage your stress at work and at home. Balance the obligations of your job with time for your family and friends. Make time for activities you enjoy and relaxation outside of work.