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'Guys Night Out' at AirHogs Ballpark June 18: Free Tickets to AirHogs Baseball Game, Spotlight on Men's Health

June is Men’s Health Month, and Get Fit Grand Prairie is hosting “Guys Night Out” at the AirHogs baseball game at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. The night—free with a Get Fit GP voucher—includes men's health screenings, obstacle course, dunk chair, giant slide and baseball fastest pitch machine.

Anyone (not only the guys) with a Get Fit GP voucher will receive a free ticket to the game, redeemable at AirHogs Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway. Print your free ticket voucher or pick up a voucher at any of the following locations:

  • Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Administration building, 400 College St.
  • Charley Taylor Recreation Center, 601 E. Grand Prairie Rd.
  • Tony Shotwell Life Center, 2750 Graham St.
  • Dalworth Recreation Center, 2012 Spikes St.
  • Parks Administration Building, 400 College St.
  • Environmental Services, 206 W. Church St., 2nd Floor

Redeem the voucher at AirHogs Ballpark prior to June 18 to receive reserved seating. Redeem the voucher on the night of the event June 18 to receive only available seating.


 

Health Tips for Men

Men can make their health a priority. Take daily steps to be healthier and stronger.

Get Good Sleep: Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Also, insufficient sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents, causing substantial injury and disability each year. Sleep guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation have noted that sleep needs change as we age. In general, adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

Toss out the Tobacco: It's never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. Also avoid being around secondhand smoke. Inhaling other people's smoke causes health problems similar to those that smokers have. Babies and kids are still growing, so the poisons in secondhand smoke hurt them more than adults.

PushupsMove More: Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms) on two or more days a week. You don't have to do it all at once. Spread your activity out during the week, and break it into smaller chunks of time during the day.

Eat Healthy: Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. They are sources of many vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.

Tame Stress: Sometimes stress can be good. However, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Take care of yourself. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Find support. Connect socially. Stay active.

Stay on Top of Your Game: See your doctor or nurse for regular checkups. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups help diagnose issues early or before they can become a problem. Pay attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you have these symptoms of any kind, be sure to see your doctor right away. Don’t wait!


 

Men's Health Resources

Books

Masculinity in young men's health: exploring health, help-seeking and health service use in an online environment

Adolescent and young adult male health 

Dietary supplement safety. You've heard all the warnings about dietary supplements. Here are a few that men should use with caution or avoid

"Real men don't": constructions of masculinity and inadvertent harm in public health interventions 

Raising Confident Boys: 100 Tips for Parents and Teachers

Boys Into Men: Staying Healthy Through the Teen Years