June Is Men’s Health Month: Get Checked!
June is Men’s Health Month! Organizations and associations throughout the country are placing a special emphasis on new men’s health initiatives. These programs encourage all men to develop and adopt behaviors which promote optimum health. This week on westa.org we’re sharing the American Heart Association‘s most current campaigns. To celebrate and encourage the special men in your life, please read more below!
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 John 2 (NKJV)
MEN’S HEALTH MONTH
The theme for June is Men’s Health. To celebrate the special men in our lives and in our communities, the American Heart Association (AHA) is encouraging all men to step up their game by participating in heart-healthy behaviors. Each year, more than 1 in 4 men in the United States die from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for men. Because men of all ages and of any race or ethnicity can develop heart disease, it’s important that all men learn their risks and make a game plan to stay heart healthy.
THERE ARE 103.3 MILLION AMERICAN WITH HYPERTENSION
• Nearly half of adult Americans have high blood pressure based on Hypertension Guideline released by AHA on 11/13/17.
• The prevalence of high blood pressure is expected to triple among men under age 45 and double among women under 45 according to the report.
• Between 70 percent and 89 percent of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
• Men of all ages and of any race or ethnicity can develop heart disease.
• High blood pressure, or hypertension, is an independent risk factor for heart disease and stroke, but even a 5 mm Hg decrease in blood pressure can reduce mortality due to heart disease and stroke by 9% and 14% respectively (INTERSALT, Hypertension, 1991).
• Hypertension disproportionately affects the African-American community with over 59% of African-American males and 56% of African-American females affected by high blood pressure compared to a national rate of 46%.
Engaging in heart-healthy behaviors can reduce the risk of both heart attack and stroke. In celebration of Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month, the AHA is encouraging men to take a good look at their diet and exercise habits and commit to a heart-healthy lifestyle.
FOR MORE RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Did you know that heart-healthy behavior such as eating low-sodium foods, not smoking and exercising at least 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease?
PDFs, information, and data courtesy, American Heart Association.