For the Men in Our Lives

Georgia Ragland

By: Georgia Ragland on June 6, 2012 Print This Post

Father’s Day is coming up:  HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all you dads out there!  The week of Father’s Day also happens to be National Men’s Health Week (June 11-17).

I am very fortunate that at age 86, my dad is still going strong.  I’m not so thrilled about the road trips he still takes, but at least we finally got him to take along a cell phone.

What is it about men that so many of them can’t be bothered to go to the doctor? We have many fine doctors and hospitals in the region.  Increasingly, there is even greater access to health care through convenient neighborhood clinics that are open on evenings and weekends. You can see a nurse practitioner at Walgreens!

New health care laws that emphasize prevention and wellness are making access more affordable by eliminating co-pays for preventive care. Check with your insurance plan or your employer’s HR person to find out about how the law may have changed your plan’s co-pay for preventive visits.

Everyone wants to get the biggest bang for their buck, and health care is no different. Here are a few things that the experts say will pay the biggest dividends in the lives of your husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons:  Stop smoking.  Get an annual physical and know the important numbers such as cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index.  Take steps to eat healthy foods.  Exercise.  It’s pretty simple.

So, are we going to let the men in our lives spend more on their cars’ preventive maintenance than on their own?  Start the conversation.  Nothing says I love you more than “Dad, when was your last physical?”


Georgia Ragland

Written by Georgia Ragland