The Marion County Public Health Department's ACTION Health Center is hosting a conference designed to help guide teenage boys in their journey to becoming young men.

Man Up! will be held on Friday, July 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Avondale Meadows YMCA, 3908 Meadows Drive.

This male leadership and empowerment conference is for boys 13-18 years old. Topics at the conference include:

• Men in Masks: Exploring issues of identity, norms and acceptance

• Father Factor: The importance of positive male role models

• Man Rules: Discussing the unwritten rules that influence men

• Iron Sharpens Iron: Keynote address from speaker James W. Dix III

The event is free and includes lunch and a swag bag. Limited transportation is available. To register, contact Akwete S. Purifoy at the Marion County Public Health Department, 317-221-8952. Advance registration is required.

To learn more about the Marion County Public Health Department, visit its website at marionhealth.org.

Encourage Men to Focus on Their Health

All men need to take steps to be healthier, but they don't have to do it alone. Whether it's a husband, partner, dad, brother, son, or friend — support the health and safety of the men in your life.

Eat healthy and include a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. These have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks that are high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.

Regular physical activity has many benefits. It can help control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, and can improve mental health and mood. Find fun ways to be active together. Adults need 2.5 hours of physical activity each week.

Set an example by choosing not to smoke and encourage the men in your life to quit smoking. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term health benefits. It lowers the risk for different types of cancer. And don't expose others to secondhand smoke, which also causes health problems. Call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Help men to recognize and reduce stress. Physical or emotional tension is often a sign of stress. It can be a reaction to a situation that causes someone to feel threatened or anxious.

Learn ways to manage stress including finding support, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and avoiding drugs and alcohol.

And, encourage men to see a doctor or health professional for regular checkups and to learn about their family health history. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups help identify issues early or before they can become a problem.

ABCs of Diabetes Classes in July

ABCs of Diabetes is a free four-part series on diabetes self-management offered by the Marion County Public Health Department. Topics include diet, medications, exercise, monitoring, and long-term management.

Class members participate in individual consultations with a registered dietitian, registered nurse and a health educator. The program is open to anyone with diabetes or prediabetes, as well as family members and friends.

Classes in July are offered the Glendale Branch library, 6101N. Keystone Ave., on Wednesday, July 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants should attend all four classes in the series they choose to attend.

ABCs of Diabetes classes are free, but registration is required. Please call 317-221-2094 or visit marionhealth.org/diabetes.

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