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Posted: June 15, 2017 2:49 p.m.
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June is Men’s Health Month: Making smart choices

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to remind the almost 4.8 million male beneficiaries in the Military Health System to make smart choices every day, and all year long. It is a time to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media and individuals an opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Consider these facts from the Center for Disease Control’s most recent National Health Interview Survey:

• Men are twice as likely as women to report they hadn’t seen a health care provider in two years, and three times as likely to report they hadn’t seen a health care provider in five years.
• Men are more likely than women to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure, diabetes and pneumonia.
The single most important way you can take care of yourself is to actively take part in your health care. Consider this--a man’s body is his most important piece of equipment and should be well maintained. Educate yourself and participate in decisions with your health care provider. Ask your provider about the following health screening tests:
• High blood pressure
• Testicular cancer
• Cardiac disease
• Cholesterol
• Diabetes
• Glaucoma
• Prostate cancer
• Colorectal cancer
• Mental health /depression
• Sexually transmitted diseases

Take steps today to make changes to assure you are taking the responsibility for your health. Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to recommit to wellness and improve your quality of life.

Making the following healthy choices each day can drastically lower your risks for developing cardiac disease, cancer, mobility and mental health problems. Empower yourself, apply these health tips to your daily routine: be physically active, eat a healthy diet, stay at a healthy weight, drink alcohol in moderation or not at all, avoid engaging in risky behavior such as unprotected sex, don’t smoke, assure your immunizations are up to date, and don’t forget your mental and emotional health.

Army Public Health Nursing encourages you to see your healthcare provider on a regular basis for your health assessment. If you have questions you may contact us here at 912-435-5071.

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