• March 3, 2024

Men’s health suggestions from Michigan health agencies 2023

Michigan health authorities are urging men to prioritize their health during National Men’s Health Month.

In June, the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance promotes men’s health and offers opportunities to act.

“This Men’s Health Month, we want to remind men to stay healthy by eating right, exercising and seeking regular medical checkups to prevent disease,” said Central Michigan District Health Department health officer Steve Hall, who oversees Osceola County.

Local health departments offer men-specific services.

“From vaccines to tobacco cessation, (District Health Department No. 10) is here to support the men in our community to live a healthy and enjoyable life,” said Kevin Hughes, health officer for Mecosta and Lake counties.

Officials advise males to prioritize their health:

  • Schedule annual checkups and preventative screenings including colorectal and prostate cancer screenings with a healthcare professional or local health agency.
  • Regularly test for STDs, including HIV. June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Michiganders should call their health department to schedule a test. 888-217-3904 for DHD No. 10 residents. CMDHD serves Osceola County residents at 989-314-7570. Free, confidential tests.
  • Monthly testicular self-exams: Check for abnormalities and testicular cancer early.
  • Exercise: Set a weekly target of at least 2 1/2 hours. June 10 marks Family Fitness Day. Exercise with family and friends.

Keep fit: Maintain a healthy weight.

Eat right: Eat more fruits and vegetables and limit calories, sugar, salt, and fat.

Avoid smoking, drinking, texting while driving, and without wearing a seatbelt or bike/motorcycle helmet.

  • Manage stress: Sleep well and manage stress to maintain mental wellness.
  • Get regular vaccinations, including flu and COVID-19.

The Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance includes seven district health departments:

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