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The Gift of A Healthy Future

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Good Health is the Greatest Gift
 
Some of the most important people in my life have been taken from me for medical-related reasons.
 
Some of them could have been prevented if only they had visited a doctor.
 
Isn’t a healthy future, truly the greatest gift of all?
 
There’s an advertisement here where a young woman talks about her father.
 
He died of colon cancer at the age of 58.
 
There was no reason for this, had he had routine health care, it’s recommended men have a colonoscopy at 40-60 years, her dad would still be alive.
 
It’s a simple thing, going to the doctor, that has rewards greater than all things.
 
In a new research it was revealed that men are 31 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year!
 
In fact, men make 17.3 percent fewer routine health care appointments compared with women .
 
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 (June 14-20) is the perfect week to talk to the men in your life so they and you can enjoy the gift of a Healthy Future.
 
You can encourage the men in your life to give the gift of a healthy future by:
 
o Send the men in your life this new e-card for Father’s Day
 
o Ask your husband, fathers, brothers, etc. to take the health quiz
 
o Encourage the men you know to 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.
 
– Tweet about the men’s preventive health campaign, sharing the www.ahrq.gov/healthymen and the http://www.dadtothedoc.org/ URLs. The hashtag for the campaign is #dadtothedoc
 
– Let your Facebook friends know about the campaign’s Facebook page and the incredible resources available.
 
– Sit down with the men in your life and take a look at the tools needed for a healthy future. Send the health e-card this Father’s Day to remind the men you love about the importance of protecting his health this Father’s Day and for many more to come.
 
Together, and with the power of one, we can preserve the men in our lives whom we love and admire for years to come.
 
Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post. By posting this I am hoping to win a gift card from the Global Influence Campaign. The opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experience may vary.
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