AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Officials from the Alabama Department of Public Health is encouraging men and boys to make healthy priority during Men’s Health Week.

According to health officials, life expectancy for men is five years less than women. Men also make up 92 percent of workplace deaths.

“Risks to the health and well-being of men are on the rise, due to a lack of awareness and a failure to pursue preventive screening and care,” said Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris. “Men are often the family breadwinners, and because of their jobs and lifestyle, forget or postpone making their own health a priority.”

Officials encourage men to take the following lifestyle changes in order to stay healthy:

-Quit using tobacco

-Get enough sleep

-Increase physical activity

-Eat healthy food

-Tame stress

-Schedule regular checkups

-Keep track of your readings for blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol and follow your health care provider’s recommendations

-Get vaccinated to stay healthy

The year’s Men’s Health Week will be June 11-17.