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Let's Hear it for the Guys: Health Tips for Men

Let's Hear it for the Guys: Health Tips for Men

Did you know that on average, women in the U.S. live five years longer than men? This is partly because many men are reluctant to go to the doctor.

Men’s Health Month is celebrated each June and is intended to help men live longer, healthier lives! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the three leading causes of death among men are heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries (accidents). Luckily, there are several steps men can take to reduce their chances of these common causes of death.

These steps include:

  • Make it a habit to see your healthcare provider on a routine basis. An annual visit to your provider is an opportunity to discuss healthy behaviors.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. These can improve your mood and decrease your risk of health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Your provider can help you choose diet and exercise programs that are right for you.
  • Make good lifestyle choices. Examples of good lifestyle choices include getting plenty of sleep regularly, and avoiding tobacco use, drinking in excess and engaging in risky behaviors.
  • Don’t overlook your mental and emotional health. It’s important to remember that mental health is a vital component of your overall health. Anxiety, depression, chronic stress, trauma, and other mental health conditions can seriously impact your physical health. Seek assistance from a mental health professional and/or a local support group.

Don’t have a primary care provider (PCP)? Visit to find a physician practice close to you!

Your PCP can help keep you up-to-date with:

  • Regular blood pressure checks
  • Cholesterol checks
  • Diabetes screenings
  • Cancer prevention
  • Vaccines, including for flu and COVID-19


Learn more about men’s health in this informative video with John W. Timmons, MD, a Valley Health Family Medicine Provider.

Why Men Need Regular Check-ups - YouTube

Valley Health Primary Care website

Men’s Health Month Toolkit