It is National Men’s Health Week this week, held annually the week leading up to Father’s Day. The best gift you can give Dad is to make sure he is making his health a priority because what’s better than letting Dad know you want him around for many more years to come?

Here are the top five leading causes of death for men and some preventative measures to combat them. Share with Dad and the other men in your life to keep them healthy!

  1. Heart Disease
    • Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins and limit fat and sodium intake
    • Manage cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar
    • Stay physically active
  2. Cancer
    • Don’t smoke
    • Use sunscreen
    • Make sure you get regular cancer screenings
  3. Accidents (automotive and other)
    • Always wear a seatbelt
    • Avoid driving recklessly and speeding
    • Don’t drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or when tired
  4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
    • Don’t smoke
    • Avoid air pollution and other exposure to pollutants
    • Prevent infections with a healthy immune system and vaccines
  5. Stroke
    • Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins and limit fat and sodium intake
    • Manage cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar
    • Limit alcohol intake

These pieces of advice can help keep Dad healthy, but sometimes he will need an extra push to look after his health. As one study found, 1/3 of men in their 40s refuse to get annual check-ups and close to 50% of men aged 18-50 do not even have a primary care physician.

This information is concerning because early detection, including routine screenings, can be a lifesaver when it comes to identifying and treating illnesses like heart disease and cancer—the two largest killers of men in the U.S.

Make sure Dad looks after his health by following these tips and have a happy Father’s Day!