Health & Safety

June 8, 2012

Men’s Health Week is around the corner

by Brig. Gen. W. Bryan Gamble, M.D.
Management Activity, Deputy Director

National Men’s Health Week is June 11-17, making this a good time for men to focus on their health by talking to their doctors about preventive health screenings and recommitting to a healthy lifestyle.

Preventive screenings are an important part of health promotion, but unfortunately, many men put off going to the doctor. Many of the major health risks that men face — like prostate and colon cancer or heart disease can be treated if diagnosed early. Screenings and awareness of the early signs of various diseases can lead to their detection at an earlier stage when they are easier to treat.

TRICARE beneficiaries do not pay cost shares for many preventive health services such as screenings for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, prostate cancer and HIV testing. Your primary care manager (PCM) can help assess your individual health maintenance needs or advise you on the best way to monitor and treat any health conditions you may have. You can check out the preventive care section of TRICARE’s website, www.tricare.mil/preventiveservices, for more detailed information.

You can contribute to your overall health by maintaining healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle.  Active duty service members and their families have lower obesity rates than other Americans, but after retirement, the rates jump much closer to civilian levels. Commit yourself to being active, and encourage your children and spouse to join you. Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and limit high calorie and high fat foods. You can be an example to your family, while simultaneously keeping yourself healthier and better able to take care of them. Visit www.cdc.gov/family/tips for tips on promoting your families’ health.

Summer is a great time to improve your fitness routine. Consider swapping out your car for a bike or walking when you run errands. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and park farther away from your destination to increase your walking distance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of exercise every week. You can visit www.tricare.mil/getfit for information, and you should consult with your PCM before starting a physical fitness program.

There are many reasons to get or stay healthy. You can do it for yourself, your family or your career. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/men/nmhw.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Chaplain

Local chaplain helps ANG recruiting efforts

Back in August of 2014, the 163d Reconnaissance Wing Chaplain Major David Sarmiento had the opportunity to be featured in a new Air National Guard (ANG) Chaplain Corps recruitment infomercial, the first of its kind in many year...
 
 
DoD photo by Casper Manlangit

Pentagon salutes Dr. King’s life, legacy

DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work makes remarks during a Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2015. WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department members gathered Jan. 15 at t...
 
 

CSAF utilizes new technologies to engage with Airmen

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Chief of Staff of the Air Force Mark A. Welsh III teamed up with Google to launch a live discussion with Airmen from bases around the world, using video chat technology. Airmen asked both the general and his wife, Betty Welsh, questions about Air Force life, ranging anywhere from future mission and...
 

 

TRICARE patients must attest to health care coverage

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2015 – As tax season begins, Defense Department officials want to remind TRICARE beneficiaries of changes in the tax laws, which require all Americans to have health care insurance or potentially pay a tax penalty. For the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, all U.S. citizens, including service...
 
 
Department of Defense photo/ Casper Manlangit

Hagel: Fight to end sexual assault must be ‘personal’

Department of Defense photo/ Casper Manlangit Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel provides closing remarks at the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Summit Jan. 16, 2015, on Joint Base Andrews, Md. Efforts to eliminate the baneful i...
 
 
HBI-graphic

Finding, keeping focus on the motivation to quit smoking

U.S. Air Force graphic /Senior Airman Jaimi L. Upthegrove “I can smell it, and it makes me nauseous,” he said. “I can’t kiss you or even be around you. This has to stop.” That was the exact moment I knew it was time t...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin