Plan now to prepare for the life you want.
Your health is like a car; it should be used mindfully and maintained regularly. Start by making healthy lifestyle choices. The impact might be greater than you’ll ever know.
It’s your life, your plan.
What are your future goals? It’s important to consider your choices when planning for your future. This includes if and when you want to have children. Being your healthiest self both mentally and physically is key.
Create your life plan today and take the first step towards your best future.
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Get Healthy. Stay Healthy.
Healthy living is a choice a man can make every day. For men, many of the leading causes of death are preventable. Let’s thrive and live a longer, healthier life. These are a few lifestyle choices that can help you take charge of your health.
Eat a healthy diet.
Choose fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, along with lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit foods high in trans fats and added sugar or sodium, like fast food.
We’ve learned a person’s weight is an important factor in their overall health today and in the future.
Obesity in adults increases the risk of developing health conditions later on in their life such heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, and breathing problems.
To get the most health benefits of physical activity, adults need:
- At least 2-1/2 hours to 5 hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking or fast dancing. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes and should be spread throughout the week.
- Muscle-strengthening activities (resistance activities) like lifting weights or doing push-ups at least 2 days a week. All major muscle groups such as the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms should be worked.
Evidence from Health.gov shows that physical activity has immediate health benefits. For example, physical activity can reduce anxiety and blood pressure and improve quality of sleep and insulin sensitivity. For older adults, physical activity also lowers the risk of falls and injuries from falls.
If you choose to drink, do it in moderation. That means up to two drinks a day. Too much alcohol can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and possibly cancer.
Don’t misuse drugs.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. Help is available to you, regardless of insurance, from specially trained substance use disorder providers you can trust.
Stress can affect your overall health. Find ways to manage stress by making time for yourself. Going for hikes, participating in a hobby, exercise, meditation, and talking through issues are all great ways to reduce and manage stress.
Visit Your Health Care Provider Regularly.
Get your yearly health check-up. Go see your health care provider any time you are concerned or have symptoms you want checked out. Your health care provider can be your best ally for men’s health education and disease prevention. This is how you live a happy, healthy life!
Don’t wait until something is seriously wrong to go to the doctor.
Ask your doctor about preventive care such as cancer screenings, vaccinations, and other health evaluations. It’s also important to know your health history. Your family’s health history may reveal your risk for developing certain diseases in the future. Your doctor can also help you get checked for STDs annually or when you have a new partner.
If you have sores, pain, drainage, or other changes in the genital area, contact your health care provider to get it checked out. Some things that they may check out include:
- Chlamydia: Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. As many as one in four men have no symptoms. Sexual partners must also be treated to prevent passing the infection back and forth. Symptoms of chlamydia include painful urinating, discharge from the penis, testicular pain, and lower abdominal pain.
- Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea occurs most often in people with multiple sexual partners, especially between the ages of 19 and 25. The use of condoms protects against gonorrhea infection. Symptoms of gonorrhea include thick, cloudy, or bloody discharge from the penis, pain/burning when urinating, painful/swollen testicles, or painful bowel movements.
- Syphilis: Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with syphilis sores. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. They can also appear on the lips and in the mouth.
- HIV: HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. The virus is passed from one person to another through bodily fluids like blood and semen. HIV is a chronic life-threatening condition. Symptoms such as fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, and fatigue can appear. As time goes on, symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss, cough, and fever may appear.
- Testicular Cancer: This is one of the most common cancers in men younger than 40. It occurs when cells in the testicles divide abnormally and form a tumor. Testicular cancer can spread to other parts of the body and is more easily curable when detected early.
- Inguinal Hernia: An inguinal hernia may look like a bulge or swelling in the groin area. It can be corrected with surgery.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or others, see your health care provider to have them addressed. More information can be found at CDC.gov.
Kids cost money.
In the first year, you’ll spend about $10,000 on a baby.
If you’re not prepared for it, you’ll have to pull that money from other things you enjoy — for example, you might have to trade a night out for baby medicine. But an unintended pregnancy changes more than your spending habits. It changes your life.
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Ready to be a dad?
Becoming a good father means eating right, exercising, going to the doctor regularly, and avoiding drugs, alcohol, and tobacco so that you can be there for your kid. Make sure you have someone to turn to for emotional support when you’re feeling stressed. You’ll also need patience for the days when you didn’t get much sleep. Remember, babies rarely sleep through the night. You and your partner will need to support each other and share responsibilities.
- Once your child arrives, there’ll be a lot to do! From babyproofing to creating a safe sleep space, you’ll be busy.
- Be present in your child’s life. Most fathers will tell you that being a good one takes your body, mind, and soul.
- As a dad, it’s vital to protect your children. Set a good example and teach them good safety habits. Teach your children signs of bullying and ways to find help and resources on how to properly deal with bullying.
- Spend time with your kids! Read to them, teach them new games to play, and show them you love them! If you’re looking for ideas for things to do with your kids, our QT 30 program page has plenty! QT 30 is a reminder to spend at least 30 minutes a day with your child, doing something fun. These 30 minutes a day can make a great difference when it comes to your child’s development.
- But also, don’t forget to take time for yourself! Your mental and emotional health is important, too.
Want to know how? Visit our Dads page.
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