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A car is a major investment and, for most of us, it’s something we take care of to make sure it stays in top condition and has a long life. Many men, however, don’t take that same approach with their own health – even if they’d never miss a regular oil change or vehicle tune-up.

During National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, it’s a good time for men to take stock of their health and make a commitment to improving it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of death for men in the U.S. are heart disease and cancer. Even small steps toward a healthier lifestyle can help improve heart health and regular screenings can help detect cancer earlier.

Adopting healthier behaviors in general may be easier than you think. The Men’s Health Network provides a straightforward “Get It Checked” maintenance schedule for men that includes regular checkups and recommended screenings.

“Regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings CAN improve your health and reduce premature death and disability,” the guidelines say.

The CDC also offers some advice for Men’s Health Week that can help men “take daily steps to be healthier and stronger,” including:

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Quit smoking. (It’s never too late!)
  • Stay active.
  • Eat healthy
  • Get regular checkups.

Taking these daily steps can be a family affair – it’s no coincidence that Men’s Health Week ends on Father’s Day. As families celebrate this special day, dads should remember that their decisions about nutrition, exercise and regular checkups affect not only them but also their families and others who care about them. A healthier lifestyle for Dad benefits everyone and sets a good example for the whole family.

Celebrate National Men’s Health Week and make a commitment to better health today!