Attention Men: Top Ways to Take Care of Your Health Now!

June 7, 2011

Did you know that half of male-premature deaths are preventable? Or that women on average outlive men by five years? The current state of men’s health is not very good, especially in comparison to their female counterparts. One reason for this is that women on average take better care of themselves – according to Men’s Health Network, men are half as likely to go to the doctor for a check-up as women are, thus depriving themselves of a chance to catch a disease in its early stages, when it’s most treatable.

However, there is an upside: because many men aren’t doing enough to take care of their health right now, there are many opportunities to improve. Here are a few tips to start taking care of yourself now:

1. Go to the doctor! With early screenings, many diseases can be successfully treated.

2. Eat more tomatoes. They contain lycopene, which may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. (Mayo Clinic)

3. Perform self-exams regularly. Check for lumps and nodules. See your doctor for routine physicals.

4. Seek help for depression. Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. (National Institute of Mental Health)

5. Don’t ignore snoring. Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea – blocked air flow – which can lead to clogged arteries.

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Wellness Events – Week of April 18, 2011

April 18, 2011

Hello and good afternoon, once again, here is a list of free and low-cost wellness events, brought to you by the Healthcare Survival Guide.

*Denotes recurring event

Free unless noted otherwise

Seattle, WA: Mindfulness Meditation* (Weds., 12:30 PM); Art Classes for Adults recovering from mental health challenges, addiction, and homelessness (4/19, 2-4 PM).

Detroit, MI:Alcoholics Anonymous* (Sun., Weds., 8:30 – 9:30 PM ); Seminar – Understanding Bi-Polar Disorder (4/19, 7 – 8:30 PM); Diabetes Support Group – Eye Health (4/20, 5:30 – 7 PM. Registration required); Treatment Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (4/20, 6 – 8 PM)

Fort Worth, TX: Most require registration. These are all recurring and may or may not occur this particular week. Check link for full details.

Breast Cancer Support Group* (4th Tues. each month); Lupus Support Group* (3rd Sat. each month); Blood Cancer Networking Group* (2nd Thurs. each month); Fibromyalgia Wellness Group* (3rd Sat. each month); Chronic Disease Study and Support Group* (3rd Mon. each month); Support Education Advocacy Group for families/caregivers of children w/ ADD/ADHD, Schizophrenia, Asperger’s or Depression* (3rd Tues. each month); Brain Tumor Support Group* (3rd Thurs. each month); American Cancer Society Support Group (1st Thurs. each month); Stroke Support Group (4th Weds. each month)

That’s all for this week! Here are links from the previous entry for Pennsylvania and Tampa, FL, as many of the events are recurring. We will update as we find more events, otherwise follow us at twitter.com/healthsurvival.

Feel free to add any events that you know of below!


Wellness Events for the Week of April 4, 2011

April 4, 2011

Hello and good afternoon! Below is a list of free or low cost wellness events that we have collected in research over this past week. Check it out for an event near you.

* Denotes recurring event.        

Detroit, MI : Health Fair with free and low cost screenings (April 5-6, 9am-3pm); Caregiver Support Group (April 5, 1pm)

Tampa, FL : Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups*; Drug Discount Cards*; Mental Illness Support Groups*; Senior Health Insurance Seminars*; Free/Low Cost Health Clinic (Open 3x/mo.); Free Hearing Screenings*; Parkinson’s, Breast Cancer, Stroke Support Groups* 

Jackson, MS : Cancer Rehab (April 1 – Dec 31)

Topeka, KS :  Free Health Screenings provided by the Washburn School of Nursing (April 8, 9am – 1pm)       

Macomb, IL :  Free Colorectal Cancer Kits are available until April 15

Greensboro, NC :  “Healthy Family Day” (health screenings and seminars; April 9th, Smith High School, 10am-2pm)

Pennsylvania :  Pregnancy and Parenting Seminars*; Postpartum Depression Support Groups*; Free & Low Cost Health Screenings*; Caregiving, Stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, MS, Depression Support Groups*

That’s all for this week! Many of these links cover events for next week, so be sure to mark your calendars; we will additionally include them in next week’s post. For daily health tips and news updates, follow us at twitter.com/healthsurvival.

If you are aware of any low cost health resources, please feel free to share them in the comments section!