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Men’s Health Month is designed to heighten awareness of preventable health problems, and encourage early detection and treatment of disease. In 1920, the life expectancy gap between men and women was one year. However, according to Men’s Health Network, men have been dying five years sooner than women since 2010.

These small lifestyle changes can help improve your overall health and life expectancy.

  • Regular checkups:Certain diseases and conditions don’t always have symptoms. It’s important to see your primary care provider regularly to help diagnose issues before they become problematic. Quit smoking: If you smoke, it’s never too late to quit. Quitting has an immediate effect on lowering risk for heart and lung disease, cancer and other smoking-related illnesses. Get help quitting for free at Colorado QuitLine.
  • Eat healthy:Fruits and vegetables are a great source of the vitamins and minerals that work to keep you healthy and protect you from disease. Incorporate them into your diet and reduce foods and drinks that are high in calories, sugar, salt and fat. Get tips for the USDA.
  • Get moving: Regular exercise is a key factor in building a healthy lifestyle. A brisk 10-minute walk three times a day can greatly reduce risks of a cardiac event. Learn from the CDC.