Why the need for this campaign? 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 make fewer routine health care appointments compared with women (56.5 percent vs. 73.8 percent).
For Father’s Day, why not give your guy the gift of good health? There are several ways in which you can encourage him:
- Send him an e-card for Father’s Day that encourages him to go to the doctor for health screenings (www.dadtothedoc.org).
- Ask him to take the health quiz at www.ahrq.gov/healthymen/quiz.htm.
- Encourage him to visit ahrq.gov/healthymen. This site 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 Public Service Announcements encouraging dads to take care of their health.
You can also help spread the word to other men in your life when you:
- Tweet about the men’s preventive health campaign, encouraging them to go to www.ahrq.gov/healthymen and www.dadtothedoc.org. Use the hashtag #dadtothedoc.
- Let your Facebook friends know about the campaign’s Facebook page (facebook.com/healthymen) and the incredible resources available.
- Send the health e-card this Father’s Day to other men you love (your dad, your brothers, etc.).
What greater gift can you give your guy than a healthy and long life? Encourage him to see his doctor. (HINT: A new TV for Father’s Day might help in
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