Men’s Health Week is Coming up!
On June 15th – 21st, promote healthy lifestyles in your workplace to maintain a robust wellness strategy.
Get the Wellness Screenings You Need
Screenings are an important part of your healthcare and lifestyle. Make sure you are up to date with your age specific requirements.
Here are common screenings you should get:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm – If you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and have ever been a smoker, talk to your doctor or nurse about being screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
- Colorectal cancer – Have a screening test for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 (or earlier if you have a family history of colorectal cancer).
- Depression – Your emotional health is as important as your physical health. Talk to your doctor or nurse about being screened for depression, particularly if recently have felt down, sad or hopeless or have little interest or pleasure in doing things you once enjoyed.
- Diabetes – Get screened for diabetes if you blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medication for high blood pressure. Diabetes (high blood sugar) can cause problems with your heart, brain, eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves and other body parts.
- High blood pressure – Starting at age 18, have your blood pressure checked at least every two years. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, and can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure.
- High cholesterol – If you are 35 or older, have your cholesterol checked. High cholesterol increases your chance of heart disease, stroke and poor circulation.
- Lung cancer – If you are between the ages of 55 and 80 or have a history of smoking, check with your doctor about getting screened for lung cancer.
- Overweight and obesity – The best way to learn if you are overweight or obese is to find your body mass index (BMI). You can find your BMI by entering your height and weight into a BMI calculator.
- Get a flu shot every year.
- Check the recommended vaccines for your age here.
You know your body better than anyone else. Always tell your doctor or nurse about changes in your health, including your vision and hearing. Ask them about being checked for any condition you are concerned about (such as prostate or skin cancer), not just the ones listed here.
Get Healthy, Stay Healthy.
What can I do as an employer?
- Promote a “Wear Blue” day –Maybe the Friday before Father’s Day?
- Make brochures and information available to them regarding Men’s Health issues and prevention guidelines.
- Host a picnic, healthy lunch, seminar, or sporting event to celebrate the awareness of Men’s Health.
Source: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality