June 8, 2010

Get Dad to the Doctor

National Men's Health Week is June 14 - 20.

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.

New research has found that men are 31 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year. Men make fewer routine health care appointments compared with women (56.5 percent vs. 73.8 percent). I know that from my work men frequently won't go to the doctor unless the women in their lives encourage them to do so, and they are very unlikely to get the recommended screening tests.

Check out this new e-card for Father's Day.

Ask your husband, father, brother, etc. to take this health quiz. 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.

We all want our dad's to be around for many more Father's Days!

This is my Dad holding my nephew. Happy Father's Day!

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