Posted by Gerard Matthews on June 13th 2014
With Father's Day just around the corner, we've been thinking a lot about our fathers and the other special men in our life and how we'd like them to stay as healthy as possible. Bill Corr, with the Department of Health and Human Services penned this article to get men thinking about taking control of their health. Please share it with your father.
On average, we live sicker and die younger than women. We are less likely to talk to a health care provider about how to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses. These often preventable or manageable diseases take a particular toll on men in minority communities.
That is why National Men's Health Week, beginning June 9 and lasting through Father's Day on June 15, is a good time for us to start doing what's needed to get and stay healthy. That includes eating right, taking the time to exercise, and getting preventive services, such as screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, and depression, or getting a flu shot.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, accessing those services is easier now than ever before.