Celebrate Men’s Health Month this June

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Calling all MEN! Are you a man or do you have a husband, father, son, grandfather, or man in your life that you care about? June is dedicated to them! Men’s health month is designed to bring awareness to men’s health issues through understanding, detection, and treatment of the common health challenges that men of all ages face. If taking care of yourself isn’t motivation enough, do it for your kids, your grandkids, your spouse or significant other in your life. Below are a few simple tips to help men stay healthy not only in June but year round.

Bone health is important to all of us. Start early to help prevent osteoporosis. While most of us more commonly associate osteoporosis with women and older individuals, it does affect men. The root of the problem actually starts in childhood when bones are developing, so provide your kids and yourself with 3 servings of dairy every day to give them the calcium and vitamin D they (and you) need to stay strong throughout their lifetime.

Did you know heart disease is the #1 killer of men in this country? Nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium are all essential to maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Take control of your blood pressure by consuming 3 servings of low fat or fat-free dairy every day that includes calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

Are you worried about your weight or athletic performance? Don’t worry, you are not alone because this can get tricky as we get older. Stay on top of both of these with the right nutrition. High protein diets may help in weight loss and weight maintenance, while also helping build muscle. Dairy foods such as yogurt, cheese, and milk provide protein to satisfy hunger. Consuming chocolate milk before a workout will fuel your exercise and consuming it after will speed up the recovery process.

Men. . . don’t delay, start today!

Paul Moore is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and father of three who believes in a family-centered approach to feeding children and learning how to develop a positive relationship with food. Connect with Paul on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, where food, family and future is the focus.

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