Men's Health Month
by Nick Roso
June is Men's Health Month; the time of year when we take the opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and seek early treatment for disease or injuries. Men get a bad rap when it comes to seeking medical advice, and for good reason. On average, men live more than 5 years less than women and are at higher risk for death from cancer, heart disease, and chronic liver disease, among other ailments; many of which could be prevented or managed through a simple visit to the doctor. Very little research has been done to determine the factors that prevent men from seeing the doctor or seeking medical advice; but when that research does take place, it wouldn't surprise me if the number one reason is simply because we're too darn stubborn. Here are three things guys can do to live a happier, healthier life.
The DASH Diet
by Angela Aladjem
It's no surprise the DASH diet has been ranked the best diet three years in a row now. It works! It has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and kidney problems. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a dietary pattern promoted by the U.S.-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to prevent and control hypertension. Rich in fruit and vegetables and balanced with just the right amount of protein, the diet is incorporating the 8-12 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Considering most American only eat 3-4 daily, this is usually the tricky part. With some careful planning and eliminating some foods you don't need, it can be done!
Keep Sane with Social Media
by Jessie Zepeda Villegas
For many of us, social media has become part of our everyday lives. Social media sites can be a useful and entertaining tool, keeping us connected with friends everywhere and serving as a valuable source of information on things that we're interested in. And although we're pseudo-celebrities within our own circle of friends (physical or virtual) these sites can truly help us stay connected. However, like real-life peer interactions, interacting virtually with our friends and family can also leave us wanting to pull the plug on some relationships forever. So how can we keep from destroying true bonds and friendships?