Friday, June 4, 2010

Get Dad to the Doc!

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National Men’s Health Week is June 14-20. That's right - the week before Father's Day. 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).

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.

Help your Dad (and the other men in your life that you love) live longer. Here's how:

  • Encourage him to visit - he'll find ton of information including:

    • 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

    • links to online resources to find more medical information

If your dad is anything like my dad, it'll take some serious work to get him to listen. Start now!

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