Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Get Dad to the Doc

With Father's Day fast approaching, I know that I am scrambling to decide what to get for Doc, my Dad, and my Father-in-law.   None of the men in my life really need anything else to add to the pile of unused and neglected gifts from years past.  However, we want to make sure they all know how loved and appreciated they are.   When I received an email from Global Influence describing their latest campaign to promote Men's health, I knew that it was an activity that I wanted to participate in.  While my father is pretty good at maintaining his health, my father-in-law and Doc are not.  They need to be reminded to take care of themselves - if not for their own benefit, for the benefit of those who love them. 

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. 

What can you do to help encourage the men in your life to stay healthy?
  • Send them this ecard for Father's Day:
  • Have them take this health quiz to see what they should be doing to take care of themselves right now.
  • Visit and encourage the men in your life to visit 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. 
*Disclaimer: All information was provided by Global Influence.


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