HPSJ Celebrates Men’s Health with a Reminder to ALL GUYS – Get critical exams & screenings

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“Gentlemen, rev up your engines! When it comes to fine-tuning your health, put yourself in the driver’s seat. Eat right, stay active, and get routine health exams, screenings, and shots to make sure you stay running as smooth as your wheels.” – HPSJ Health Education Manager Matthew Boga, MPH

Step on it, with these FOUR to “keep your engine running smoothly” –

Choose the right fuel

Your body needs the right fuel to stay in great shape. Here are some easy-to-follow, heart-healthy tips.

  • Limit the amount of added sugar you eat to 36g per day.1
    • That is a 12-ounce can of soda which has 32 grams of added sugar.
  • Reduce your saturated fat intake to 13g per day so you can have a healthy heart for years to come.2
    • Saturated fats can raise harmful cholesterol (LDL) and are often found in animal products like butter, margarine, dairy, and meat.

Get your tune up

Tune ups are essential to your car, and health exams are essential for you. Here are a few things you can do to prevent health issues.

  • Schedule preventive checkups.
  • Know your family health history.
  • Talk to your doctor about cancer screenings for the skin, lungs, colon, and prostate. These are the most common kinds of cancer among men.3

Take good care of your body, and it’ll run like a well-oiled machine for years to come

  • Avoid use of any tobacco products.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Workout regularly – aim for 30 minutes, five days a week.
  • Cutting your salt intake by 1,000 mg a day can help blood pressure and heart health.4

Don’t drag your feet.
Take control of your health.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Tests for your health?

HPSJ’s Got You. Start here – Call us 1.888.936.PLAN (7526), or TTY/TDD 711

Men between 18-39

If you are between the ages of 18 – 39 we invite you to visit this section to get more information on staying healthy.

Men between 40-64

Men between the ages of 40-64 should visit this section to get more information on staying healthy.

Men over the ages of 65 

Over 65 years of age? Take charge of your health, visit this section to get more information on staying healthy.

1American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sugar/added-sugar-is-added-sugar
2American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/fats/saturated-fats
3Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/cancerandmen/index.htm
4American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sodium/how-much-sodium-should-i-eat-per-day

© Health Plan of San Joaquin, July 2019, permission to reprint in full with attribution.

Posted on July 9th, 2019 and last modified on July 9th, 2019.