“If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
Good health is important to all of us … but unfortunately, men tend to live less healthy lifestyles than women.
In general, men know less about health; do far fewer things to promote or protect our health; behave in riskier ways; and use health services less often than women.
Why? It may have a lot to do with the idea of ‘being a man.’ Research indicates that men who accept traditional images of manhood are less likely to do healthy things like use seat belts, manage anger, wear condoms or eat well. Messages about toughness, ‘sucking it up’ and hiding pain can lead men to ignore health issues, and keep us from behaving in healthier ways or seeking medical help.
But many men are trying to change. The first step is to get actively involved with your health … and University Health Services is a great place to start.
Choose a primary care provider. This may be the most important relationship you’ve had so far! Talk with your provider and ask questions, so you can make informed decisions.
Learn your health history – knowing what others in your family have experienced can guide your choices.
Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep.
Learn how to mange stress.
Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol, and stay away from tobacco.
Protect your health – simple steps include practicing safer sex, seeking accurate health information, using sunscreen and wearing your seat belt.
Learn more about your body and yourself with information from the Center for Health Promotion.
Get involved in health – you’ll help others while helping yourself.
- UHS' Center for Counseling and Psychological Health can help if things feel overwhelming.