Taking care of the Dads in our lives

When I met my husband, he was underweight.  I mean he weighed less than I do now by about 30 pounds underweight and he was 6’2″. 

After we had been dating for a few months, I felt like our relationship was established enough to suggest that he go to the doctor.  He said, “I don’t have one”.  At twenty-three, he hadn’t been to the doctor since he was a child.

And at twenty-three you feel kinda awkward going to the pediatrician.

I found the man a doctor and he was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer.  Antibiotics, antacids and changes in diet and how he handled stress made him better and within six months he gained 30 pounds and stopped looking emaciated.

You would think that would be enough of a personal success story to make my hubby a believer in seeing the doctor regularly.  Notsomuch!

I still have to nag strongly encourage each time he needs to go.  I get him to go maybe every other year.  He has had two inguinal hernias and getting him to agree to surgery was as difficult as scaling Mt. Everest.

So, as you can imagine, when I learned of this important campaign called Dad to the Doc, I had to participate.

As wives (and daughters and sisters and friends) we are the people that will get the men in our lives to take care of their health.  That is a responsibility we need to take seriously!

Visit Dad to the Doc and send the men in your life an e-card that encourages them to take care of their health.

Encourage your father, hubby and brothers to take the Healthy Man quiz here.

Have the men you know visit ahrq.gov/healthymen, which provides recommended ages for preventive medical tests, a health care quiz designed to test knowledge of preventive 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.

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).
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 service advertising campaign designed to encourage middle-age men to learn which preventive medical tests they need to get and when to get them. 

National Men’s Health Week is June 14-20th.  Let’s commit to taking the health of the men in our lives seriously and convincing them to do the same!

Thank you to Global Influence for making me aware of this important campaign!

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