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HHS HealthBeat (July 30, 2012)

A man’s best health

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Men who are overweight or obese put themselves at risk. They’re more likely to have diabetes, heart risks, kidney disease, and certain cancers. But men can improve their health – and, if they’re dads, set a good example for their kids by doing some simple things.

Dr. Griffin Rodgers at the National Institutes of Health suggests making a plan that includes good eating habits, and exercise.

“Aim for 30 minutes of exercise, five or more time a week; a brisk walk at lunch or after dinner, weight training with a friend, or playing soccer on a local team, are activities that dad can consider.”

Men can encourage their family to be active and play together.  And especially those men at risk for developing type 2 diabetes can prevent it by making healthy lifestyle changes.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: July 27, 2012