It’s "Men’s Health Week" in Utah, nation

Men in Utah are encouraged to take steps to be healthier during National Men's Health Week. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

<span>SALT LAKE CITY – This week is “National Men’s Health Week,” an effort to encourage men in Utah and across the U.S. who may be neglecting their health to take good care of themselves.</span>

<span>Tony Gregory, a certified physician assistant with the nonprofit Mid-Valley Health Clinic in the Salt Lake City area, says for many men untreated stress is a major cause of serious health conditions – and there are simple ways to reduce it.</span>

<span>”Eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep, anywhere from seven to nine hours of good sleep at night is a good place to begin,” says Gregory, “as well as having good physical fitness through aerobic exercise and weight training.”</span>

<span>Gregory says proper rest and a half-hour of daily exercise such as walking, swimming or cycling can work wonders for a person’s overall health, both physical and mental. He says the trick to continuing a daily exercise routine is finding an activity you really enjoy.</span>

<span>In addition, Gregory advises men to improve their diets and be screened regularly for colon, lung, liver, prostate and skin cancers. He adds the best thing anyone can do for their health is to avoid tobacco.</span>

<span>”We always advocate that you stop smoking,” says Gregory. “Not only for personal health benefits, but also for the benefits that come to those people around you from second and third-hand smoke.”</span>

<span>Gregory says that quitting smoking not only reduces the chances of dying from a smoking-related illness, but it helps a person feel better physically and have more energy.</span>

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