Happy National Men’s Health Month! Maintaining your health is a year-round process, but Men’s Health Month in June, including Father’s Day, is a great time to kick-start a new year with your best possible health.
What can you do to make sure you’re on the right track? Here are some key tips:
Men don’t always like to talk about their health, but finding someone who can back you up is one of the best ways to make sure you stick to your commitment to being healthier. Other guys – friends, family, mentors – understand where you’re coming from, and together you can work to meet your goals. Check out the Brother2Brother initiative for tips on how to start the conversation today.
In addition to friends and family, make sure a trusted health care provider is on your team for checkups and any concerns you have. Here are some of the things you should consider when choosing a health care provider:
Once you’ve chosen a provider, it’s important to define your own role as an active partner in your care.
To be more engaged in your care, make a list of things that are bothering you and questions to ask before your appointment. Bring a friend or family member to make sure you address everything, or just to offer support. And when you sit down with your doctor, ask plenty of questions.
For more information on staying healthy and getting the care you need, check out the Coverage to Care initiative.
Have a happy and healthy Father’s Day.
Gregory Pecchia, DO, FACOFP, Advisor, Men’s Health Network and Brandon Leonard, MA, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Men’s Health Network