June is National Men's Health Month, and the Alabama Department of Public Health is encouraging men to make their health a priority.
June 9 through the 15 is National Men's Health Week and it's observance is to bring awareness of preventable health problems that are often overlooked.
Men live five years less than women, on average, and make up 92 percent of all workplace deaths due to dangerous occupations. Also, one out of six men will get prostate cancer this year and around 28,000 will die from the disease.
These are some important things that men can do to improve their health and stay healthy:
Get enough sleep
Quit using tobacco
Increase physical activity
Eat Healthy foods
Get regular checkups
Some diseases do not have any symptoms and checkups can help in early detection. Any man experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination is urged to call a doctor right away.
Men's Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father's Day. The public is encouraged to wear blue to support men's health on June 13.