“The first wealth is health.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
We know our men. They are strong. Men have stomachs of iron that welcome spicy sausages and whiskey, they carry grown children like feather pillows in their arms and they only cry at funerals. Men are typically raised to earn wealth—to provide for their families. Perhaps it is pride or stubbornness or optimism, then, that can explain why they also often neglect their own health.
“Women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men.” (CDC 2001) Over 300,000 of our strong, American men die from cancer every year—men who could have prevented their death with screenings. In response, the Men’s Health Network designated June “Men’s Health Month.”
Take this opportunity to encourage the men in your life to have cancer screenings to prevent or detect trouble early. To keep him from the sun’s damage, buy him some sporty sunscreen and a hat for his favorite sports team. Does he already have cancer? Fort Wayne’s Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana offers a Prostate Cancer Support Group, meeting June 4 from 6:30-8 p.m.
And since he looks snazzy in his new hat, take him out in it—to workout. After cancer, heart disease is the second-largest killer of American men. Working out together can create an incredible bond between couples, and it will be a step towards better heart health for him. For starters, take a look at all of these men’s golfing and paddling opportunities this month. They’re for a good cause, and they’ll cause his body good.
Of course, his body needs fueling to feel good, so consider adjusting his meals to provide him with healthy energy. Breakfast foods should be rich in protein like bacon or ham and fried eggs instead of carbohydrates like bagels. Keep him away from excess cups of coffee, which raise his stress level, and stash chewing gum in his pockets instead. He can always take a Ginseng supplement for the energy kick he craves. For dinners, stock the fridge with steak, blueberries, salmon, spinach, kiwi, oranges and Brazil nuts. Trade the whiskey for wine, and if he can’t sleep offer him cherry juice.
A healthy diet is important, but so is a healthy mind. According to menshealthnetwork.org, men are four to six times more likely to commit suicide than women. Encourage him to visit a professional such as Harvest Counseling Group, Inc.
Men’s Health Week is June 15-21 nationwide. Take the opportunities Fort Wayne has provided this week to ensure the health of the men in your life. Fathers, brothers, sons and friends alike need to remember how much we need their first wealth before all. Don’t forget to wear blue in support of the importance of men’s health awareness and spread the word.
Parkview Huntington Golf Classic
Proceeds from the 25th Golf Classic will purchase an electrocardiogram unit for cardiopulmonary services at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Lunch, silent/live auctions, dinner and awards; 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Norwood Golf Course, 5961 W. Maple Grove Road, Huntington; Call 260.355,3316 or visit www.parkviewfoundations.org for details.
Paddle for Parkview LaGrange
Choose between the 4-5-hour trip and the 2.5-hour trip down the cool river. Snacks are included and proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Special Touch and Medication Assistance Program funds, providing distraction kits, Senior Life prizes and needed medications for patients who might not otherwise be able to afford them. The Trading Post Canoe, Kayak & Campground, Mongo; Call 260.347.8809 for details.
Parkview Wabash Golf Scramble
Proceeds from the 18th annual scramble will help the hospital purchase a Stereo Static Breast Biopsy System. The player fee is just $80 and includes: Green fee and golf cart, one free mulligan, a catered lunch (and continental breakfast for a.m. players), a golf gift, bottled water, pop and refreshments; chances to win a contest and hole-in-one prizes; 6:45 a.m. – 7 p.m. Honeywell Public Golf Course, 3360 W. Division Road, Wabash. Call 260.569.2254 or visit www.parkviewfoundations.org for details.