Embracing a Healthy Family: Men’s Preventive Health Campaign: Get Your Men Involved

Men’s Preventive Health Campaign: Get Your Men Involved

Dad to the Doc

This Father’s Day give the men you love the best gift of all - the gift of a healthy future.

Did you know that new research has found that men are 31 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year?  In fact, men report making fewer routine health care appointments compared with women (56.5 percent vs. 73.8 percent).  This is so true as it took my dad to have advanced colon cancer before I took him to the ER for diagnosis.  Luckily, he lived and is in remission at age 73.  For some reason, men do not like to go to the doctors and maybe it's habit, maybe it's about being the tough guy or maybe it's fear of finding out.  Whatever the reason, they need to be seen!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Ad Council are launching a new movement on behalf of their national public serviceadvertising campaign designed to encourage middle-age men to learn which preventive medical tests they need to get and when to get them.  If you have one of those stubborn men in your life, here are some easy ways to encourage them.  By the way, tears also work as a nice guilt trip as I found out with my father!
  • Send the men in your life this new e-card for Father’s Day to gently remind them:  (http://www.dadtothedoc.org)
  • Ask  your husbands, fathers, brothers, etc. to take the health quiz (http://www.ahrq.gov/healthymen/quiz.htm)
  • Encourage all men you know to visit ahrq.gov/healthymen, which provides recommended ages for preventive medical tests, a health care quiz designed to test knowledge ofpreventive health care, tips for talking with doctors, a glossary of consumer health terms, and links to online resources to find more medical information.  Also, keep an eye out for the new PSA's encouraging dad's to take care of their health.

Check out the campaign on Facebook and encourage your friends to join in spreading the word.

I am posting this as my part with Global Influence to raise awareness and I might win a gift card for my participation.

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