Friday, June 4, 2010

Father's Day Alert: 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.  
So what can you do for the dad's in your life? 
o   Send them this new e-card for Father’s Day (http://www.dadtothedoc.org)
o   Ask your husbands, fathers, brothers, etc. to take the health quiz (http://www.ahrq.gov/healthymen/quiz.htm)
o   Encourage the dad in your life 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 this preventive health campaign, sharing the www.ahrq.gov/healthymen and the www.dadtothedoc.org URLs.  The hashtag for the campaign is #dadtothedoc
-          Let your Facebook friends know about the campaign’s Facebook page (facebook.com/healthymen) 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.
 There is nothing better than a healthy dad for this Father's Day! After all we would love to be able to celebrate with them again next year!


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