Menstuff® has compiled information and books on men's health.
Here are some tips. Also see the Healthstuff
December - Have Happy, Healthy
Important Men's Health Dates
November - Build a Strong
October - Exercise with Care
September - Keep Your Children
August - Get Checkups on Time
July - Be Sun-Smart
June - Take Safety Along
May - Be Ready with First Aid
April - Care for Our
March - Eat Healthy for Betting
February - Put Your Heart into
January - Focus on Health, Safety
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Men 2014 Calendar
Have Happy, Healthy Holidays
Do your best to make the holidays a time for joy and togetherness.
Take time to relax and celebrate with good health and safety.
- Make a "to do" list each day and prioritize your tasks. Be
realistic and allow time for unexpected interruptions. Share
responsibilities with your family.
- Maintain your good health habits during the holidays. Eat
healthful meals and snacks, get enough rest and exercise. Resist
the urge to overdo, overindulge, or overspend!
- Plan special activities for your family. Create and wrap gifts
together, prepare favorite family recipes, head holiday stories
and attend religious or cultural events together.
- Spread the holiday spirit by volunteering at a soup kitchen,
visiting the elderly or donating toys/clothes to those less
- Don't drink and drive. Equally important, don't ride with a
driver who's been drinking. Coffee doesn't help. It just makes a
Remember...Put joy ahead of stress this holiday season and make it
your best yet!
Build a Strong Family
Respect, love and cooperation strengthen relationships that span
generations. Give youngsters a rich legacy by harmonizing family
- Encourage your family members to share their ideas, dreams and
experiences. Be there when they need to talk.
- Be a good listener! Set aside other tasks so you can give
your full attention to the person speaking. Make eye contact and
- If disagreements come up, listen carefully to the other person
and don't interrupt. Adopt a positive attitude and be willing to
- Stay in touch with family members who live far away. Call,
write, fax or e-mail to maintain contact and show you care.
- Don't take family for granted or allow work and other matters
to absorb your energy. Make time for loved ones who deserve and
should get your best.
Remember...Young or old, we all need each other.
Exercise with Care
Regular physical activity and safety precautions go hand-in-hand for
optimal well-being. Exercise safely so injuries don't hamper your
- Make sure everyone wears a helmet when riding a bike or
skating. Be an example. Even if you state doesn't require helmets
for adults. And, it might gets protect your kids father against a
life disabling accident. Knee and elbow pads add extra protection
for skaters. Check that all gear fits properly.
- Keep exercise equipment in good condition. This includes
bikes, skates, swings and protective gear.
- Minimize your risk for injury and increase your tone and
flexibility by warming up and stretching before you work out, and
cooling down and stretching when you're done.
- For minor injuries, apply RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression
with an elastic bandage, and Elevation.
- Teach children to play carefully on playground equipment.
- Don't push yourself father than your body wants to go. If you
are uncomfortable, slow down or take a break.
Remember...The more you include exercise in your daily life, the
better you will look and feel.
Keep Your Children Safe
Children need adults to watch out for them. Teach youngsters the
skills they need to protect themselves.
- Inform your children about bus safety. Teach them not to play
at the bus stop, to cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus
after the driver has given permission, and to sit quietly in their
- Educate your children about watching for traffic, staying out
of the streets, and obeying signals and traffic guards.
- Tell your children to say "No" to strangers offering rides,
gifts, candy or drugs, or to help find a lost pet. Then run away
and tell a trusted adult.
- Teach your children how to handle emergencies. They should
know how to dial 911 and what information to provide in order to
get help (especially the house number.)
- Advise your children to buckle up every time they get into a
- If your children use the Internet, keep your computer in a
family area to better monitor their online activity.
Remember...Educating your children is a lifelong process that
builds on small lessons taught every day.
Get Checkups on Time
Keep every family member in the best of health. Preventive healthcare
is a vital key to wellness.
- Schedule regular checkups and recommended screenings with your
- Stay up-to-date with immunizations. Check with your doctor to
make sure every family member is protected from disease, including
- Men 15-35 should do a monthly testicular
self-exam. Sign-up for a free monthly self-exam
- Men 50 and over should consult their doctors about annual
prostate exams. (African
American men or those with a family history of prostate cancer
should ask about earlier screenings.) Sign-up for a free annual
- Men over 60 who are over weight should do a monthly breast
self-exam. If concerned, have a clinical exam. Sign-up for a
free monthly self-exam
- For every prescription you receive, know how, when and how
much to take. Never take anyone else's medication.
Remember...Early detection is the best protection.
Protect your family from the sun's dangerous rays. Sun safety is
essential all year long.
- Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to protect
yourself from skin cancer. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going
out, even on cloudy days.
- Make sure your children wear sunscreen. Have them reapply it
after swimming, playing sports or other strenuous activities, just
like you. Children under 6 months old should be kept out of the
- A wide-brimmed hat and UV-filtering sunglasses boost
protection for both your skin and your eyes.
- Whenever possible, protect your skin with clothing. Fabric
with a tight weave is best. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long
- Be especially careful if you have fair skin and/or burn
- Avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm, when its rays are
Remember...Your day in the sun is fun only when you take steps to
enjoy it safely.
Take Safety Along
Summer is a great time for outdoor family fun. But it takes careful
planning to make outings safe.
When planning a trip, a checklist can help you remember everything
you'll need. Make sure your car is in good condition. Bring a
first-aid kit, a cellular phone, blankets, water and nonperishable
If you want to camp at a county, state or national park or forest,
check into campsite and campfire regulations.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Douse it thoroughly with water
to extinguish it, then cover the area with dirt.
If you have a gas barbecue grill, inspect it carefully before use.
Follow directions and keep a fire extinguisher within reach.
Learn how to protect yourself against Lyme disease in your area
and wherever you travel.
Respect the wilderness when camping, hiking or picnicking. If you
pack it in - pack it out!
Remember...Keep safety and good health in mind to fill your summer
with memorable family moments.
Be Ready with First Aid
You never know when an emergency or accident will happen. Protect
others by knowing how to act quickly and correctly.
- Keep well-stocked first-aid kits handy in places they may be
needed, such as the kitchen, garage and car.
- Learn basic lifesaving techniques, including the Heimlich
maneuver and CPR. Know what to do for broken bones, burns, cuts,
open wounds and poisoning. Check with your local Red Cross, YMCA
or other community organizations for first-aid classes.
- If you or a family member has a serious medical condition,
wear a medical-alert bracelet or necklace or carry emergency
medical information in your wallet.
- Post numbers for the nearest Poison Control Center and
Emergency Medical Service by every phone. Teach every family
member how to call them.
- Learn the early warning signs of a heart attack, stroke and
shock. Know how to handle these and other emergency
Remember...Being prepared can save the lives of those you
Care for Our Planet
The earth needs loving care from each of us. We all affect the
environment, so we all need to act responsibly.
- Teach children to respect our planet and everything on it.
Help them plant a tree or flowers, and urge them never to
- Reduce, reuse and recycle. Buy products that have minimum
packaging and can be recycled. Make reusing and recycling a family
- Save water with low-flow toilets, showers and faucets. To
avoid wasting water, repair leaky plumbing promptly.
- Save gas and reduce air pollution by carpooling or busing to
work, school and stores. Walk or bike to nearby destinations when
possible. Keep your car tuned up for more efficiency.
- Insecticides, cleansers and many other household products are
hazardous materials. Use nontoxic alternatives if possible, and
dispose of toxic substances properly.
Remember, how we care for the earth now affects future
Eat Healthy for Betting Living
Make every meal and snack count! Enhance everyone's health
through good nutrition.
- Try to follow the Food Guide Pyramid Daily. Aim for 6-11
servings of whole grains, cereal, rice or pasta: 305 servings of
vegetables; 204 servings of fruit; 2-3 servings of milk, yogurt or
cheese; and 203 servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs
- Read food labels. Avoid foods high in cholesterol, fat
(especially saturated fat), sodium and sugar.
- Enjoy a wholesome breakfast; it's an energy-booster to get you
through the day.
- Keep healthful snacks on hand for your family. Some smart
choices include fresh or dried fruits, raw vegetables and low-fat
- Drink 6 or more glasses of water daily.
- Ask your doctor about vitamin and mineral supplements for you
and your family.
Remember, children learn about nutrition from adults around them,
so be a positive role model.
Put Your Heart into Health
Your heart silently works for you every day. Keep your "silent
partner" on track - treat your heart right.
- Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program,
especially if you've been sedentary.
- Stay active with moderate-intensity activities. Your many
choices include playing with your kids, gardening, housekeeping
and leisurely walks. Aim for 30 minutes most days.
- Do heart-strengthening aerobic exercises three or four times a
week for 30 minutes or more. Try brisk walking, jogging,
bicycling, swimming, tennis or aerobic dancing.
- If you use tobacco, do your heart a favor and quit now.
- Reduce your risks for heart disease further by watching your
blood pressure, cholesterol and weigh, and managing stress.
- When shopping, cooking and eating out, choose heart-healthy
foods low in cholesterol and saturated fat, and high in
Remember...You only have one heart - treasure it.
Focus on Health, Safety & Fun
Get set for an exciting year! Give every member your love,
support and protection daily.
- Set realistic goals for family health and safety for the
- Eat a balanced diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats.
Make fruits, vegetables, and grains the basis of your healthful
- Keep physically active. Exercising as a family is a great way
to build lasting bonds and better health.
- Be sure everyone gets checkups and immunizations on time.
- Encourage stress management by making sure everyone in the
family gets enough sleep and participates in leisure-time
- Do regular home-safety checks. Test smoke alarms and carbon
monoxide detectors monthly. Practice family fire drills.
Remember: A healthy and safe family needs tender,
loving care every day, all year long.
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