At Ruan, we recognize the importance of health as it relates to the quality of life of our team members. June 15-21 is National Men’s Health Week, a time dedicated to heightening the awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. One in two men is diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, compared to one in three women, according to the Men’s Health Month website. However, women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams.
So this week, we’d like to emphasize to all our male team members and loved ones to make prevention a priority. Schedule that doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off, and keep up with regular screenings and check-ups. If you experience any symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath—don’t wait, see a doctor right away.
In the meantime, there are several small items you can start doing today, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to begin improving your health.
Insufficient sleep can contribute to a number of problems, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. Fatigue can also increase your chances of getting into a vehicle- or machinery-related accident. Aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night, as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.
It’s never too late to quit smoking, and there are numerous resources available to assist you, such as Smokefree.gov. There are immediate and long-term benefits of quitting smoking, such as lowering your risk of lung disease and cancer. Ruan offers wellness reimbursements toward eligible smoking cessation programs and aids, such as prescription medicines and nicotine patches.
Two important ways to improve your diet are to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and decrease your sodium intake. Sauces, mixes and “instant” products often contain high levels of sodium, so limit your use of these items.
Adults should get two and half hours of moderate aerobic exercise each week, in addition to muscle strengthening activities. This can be as simple as taking a brisk walk with the dog or a friend. Break up your exercise into smaller chunks throughout the day to make getting the recommended amount more attainable. Remember, walking around a tractor-trailer 32 times over the course of a day is equivalent to one mile!