Men's Health

by Tashun Chism

James Coutee knows his health is important.

He says since he started going to the gym 3 months ago, he's lost 52 pounds.

"When you lose your health, it's doesn't matter what else you have, you just don't have anything. You can have money and not have health," Coutee said.

Dr. Lance Sloan agrees.

And during national men's health week, he wants to spread awareness about potential health problems.

"It's just an opportunity to make people aware that we're trying to prevent different cancers and other problems before they occur," Sloan said.

Dr. Sloan says the risks for many diseases common among men, like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and colon and prostate cancer are easily reduced by exercising and eating healthy.

With fathers day approaching, it's a good reminder for men to pay extra attention to their health.

"Father's day coming up is off course an opportunity for folks who care about their dad to let them know how important they are. But at the same dads need to realize that they're important to their families and they can't be real helpful if they don't keep themselves healthy," Sloan told us.

"I have a daughter that's in college and I also have one that's in Pre-K. I can hardly keep up with the one that's in Pre-K unless I get in a little bit better shape, and you owe it to your family," Coutee added.

"Having a grandson now that's two years old, I want to be able to lift with him. I want to be able to play with him. I want to be able to keep up with him, and you can't do that by being a couch potato," said Livewell gym member Jim Porter.

Exercise and proper nutrition can play a huge role in men's health. But men should still get regular checkups, especially after age 50.