Men die at higher rates than women in most of the top 10 causes of death, and are the victims of more than 92% of workplace deaths. In particular, heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries are higher for men than women. In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women.
Dr. Brett McIff, the physical activity coordinator at the Utah Department of Health says, it is easy to change those statistics, start by knowing what you are at risk for in your family history. Get at least an annual health check-up. Women are more likely to visit a physician for annual examinations and preventive services than men. This is one of the most important things a man can do to increase his chances of living longer and healthier. Along with that is stopping smoking and being active at least 150 minutes per week.
Just a little change in the way we do things can make a big difference. This Father’s Day, talk with your dad/kids about what you can do to keep the men in your life healthy and happy.