The month of June has been declared Men’s Health Month. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to increase the awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Many health problems can be preventable, through a healthy lifestyle and regular screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health and more. On average men live about 5 years less than woman and make half as many physician visits for prevention as women.
One reason is that men are more likely to be uninsured than women. The Tulsa Health Department offers adult health screenings including blood pressure and blood sugar as well as immunizations, wellness programs and health education. For more information contact them at 918-582-9355 and/or www.tulsa-health.org. The 2-1-1 helpline is a free information and referral source for community-based services, such as health and mental care resources in the Tulsa Area.

Men have a higher death rate for most of the leading causes of death, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and suicide. Three steps to help in changing these statistics are Eat Healthy – Get Moving – Prevention.

Eat Healthy: start by eliminating super-sizing meals; add a variety of foods to meet all the vitamins and minerals you need. Add at least one fruit and vegetable to every meal. 
Get Moving: add physical activity to your day; take the stairs at work and/or park further away from the door. Do yard work, play a sport, take a walk – you can even pray the Rosary while your walk. The MyPlate.gov is a great website to help you maintain a healthy life-style. They have a computer program that helps you keep track of your eating and activity go to www.supertracker.usda.gov

Prevention: Regular checkups with a healthcare professional can help in changing these statistics, through screenings and intervention. If you have not been to your health care provider then schedule a checkup today. Do it for yourself and for those who count on you.

Friday – June 16 is Wear Blue Day, this day is to encourage all to be aware of men’s health.

 

jeannedraughon@saintben.org or call 918-455-4451 ext. 229.

Nurse Jeanne
Jeanne Draughon RN, BSN

 

Church of Saint Benedict

2200 W Ithica St, Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 455-4451