Friday, June 4, 2010

Important Father's Day Campaign

We all have a special man in our life, whether it be a husband, a father, a grandfather, uncle, nephew or son, there is someone that we love and care about deeply and we want the best for them in life and especially in health.  I lost my dad almost 20 years ago when I was 16 and miss him tremendously everyday.  I would be completely lost without my hubby.  This Father's Day, you can give the men you love the best gift of all--the gift of a healthy future.  If you guys are like mine, they  hate to go to the doctor.  When they are sick or not feeling their best, they try to act strong and brush it off like it is nothing.  Urge them to get to the doctor and get checked out so that they can be around for you and your family for many years to come.  

Did you know that new research has found that men are 31% less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year?  In fact, men report making fewer routine health care appointments compared with women (56.5% vs 73.8%).  
The US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Ad Council are launching a new movement of behalf of their national public service advertising campaign designed to encourage middle-aged men to learn which preventive medical tests they need to get and when to get them.  I am helping to get the word out with this simple blog post and am hoping that you may spread the word as well.  Let your friends, family and especially all the men in your life about this simple program.  It could save a life.

It's simple:
*Send all of the men in your life this special ecard for Father's Day-
*Ask your husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles, etc to take this easy health quiz.
*Encourage all the men you know to visit: which 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.  Make sure to keep an eye out for PSA's encouraging dad's to take care of their health.
*Tweet about the men's preventive health campaign sharing these links in your tweets.  Let your followers know just how important this truly is. The hashtag for this campaign is #dadtothedoc
*This campaign is on Facebook.  If you are on Facebook, please let your friends know about this special campaign as well and let them know about the incredible resources available. 
*Sit down with then men in your life and take a look at the tools together that they need for a healthy future.  Send the health ecard to remind the men you love about protecting his health not only on this upcoming Father's Day but for many, many days and years to come.  Spreading the message together, we can make a difference and think of all the lives we can save.  

Please take the time and help with this special campaign.  I couldn't be without my husband, could you be without the special men in your life.  Spread the word!
Disclosure-I received no monetary compensation for posting about this campaign.  Information provided by Global Influence, AHRQ and the Ad Council.


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