Why we’re celebrating Movemeber, and think you should, too.

It’s November, which means it’s also Movember. Movember is all about tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention through a male lens. This month is dedicated to our fathers, brothers, significant others, sons and friends. We support you, we love you and your wellbeing matters.

On average, men die six years younger than women – and for largely preventable reasons. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can all take a stand to live healthier, happier and longer lives. But to do that? The first step is taking control of your health – physically, emotionally and mentally.

Take an active approach to your health by following these healthy tips:

  1. Visit your doctor annually. Schedule yearly checkups with your doctor and keep these appointments. Your doctor can help monitor your weight, blood pressure, and the level of cholesterol in your blood.
  2. Eat natural, healthy foods. Packaged and processed foods are often full of sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, artificial additives, and calories. Buy local and/or organic whenever possible.
  3. Break a sweat. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men. Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise, every week.
  4. Maintain a healthy waist. If your waist measures more than 40 inches around, it could be cause for concern.
  5. Protect your skin. Get an annual skin cancer screening with your dermatologist.
  6. No smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
  7. Rest and recharge. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep to feel well rested. Sleeping five hours or less each night doubles the risk of high blood pressure.