Published DateLACONIA – Recently, LRGHealthcare and Patrick's Pub & Eatery teamed up to offer a free community health program for men, titled "Time for a Tune Up." The program was designed to increase awareness of preventable health problems, promote healthy living and encourage early detection and treatment of disease for men.
Approximately twenty men and women attended the event, which featured a heart healthy dinner and presentation on the unique health care needs of men as they age. Presented by local physician, Theodore Capron, MD of Belknap Family Health in Meredith, attendees also enjoyed an informal, question and answer period.
"Many of the leading causes of death for men; heart disease and cancer for example, are preventable—there are ways men can protect themselves and lead longer, healthier lives" stated Dr. Capron.
Learn the Facts:
— Men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year, and 22 percent more likely to neglect cholesterol testing;
— Men are 28 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure;
— Men are 32 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for long-term complications of diabetes, and twice as likely to have a leg or foot amputated due to complications related to diabetes.
— Men are 24 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for pneumonia, which could have been prevented by getting a flu shot.
"The most important way to take care of yourself and those you love is to actively take part in your health care," expressed LRGHealthcare Community Educator Carolyn Muller. "Our community programs provide excellent opportunity to educate and raise awareness. We appreciate local businesses; such as Patrick's Pub & Eatery partnering to help spread the word—we hope the take away is men will be proactive with their overall health."
To begin the healthy journey, contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP). For assistance in finding a PCP, visit www.lrgh.org or call HealthLink at 527-7171.
LRGHealthcare offers ongoing community programs and services around many health and wellness topics. To learn more, visit the Community Education section of www.lrgh.org, the Healthwise listing in the LRGHealthcare Focus magazine or call the Office of Education at 527-2948.