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- men visit their doctor less often than women?
- men get tested for fewer illnesses than women?
- men visit their dentist less frequently than women?
- even though men have a better chance of being diagnosed with cancer than women, they are still less likely to go to the doctor and receive a lifesaving early diagnosis than their female counterparts?
- Some reports even suggest that at least 40 percent of men in their 40s have never had a cholesterol test and one-third refuse to go to the doctor for an annual checkup.
Since health and wellness play such significant roles in fatherhood, The Family Resource Center of Raleigh decided to participate in the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse’s Fall 2013 Fatherhood Buzz Men's Health Initiative. We felt that it was extremely important to get the word out about healthy living by using the Barbershop Buzz as a platform to encourage men in our community to go to the doctor regularly and get professional medical advice and screenings more often. The event was held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Signature Kutz barbershop in Durham, NC. Shop patrons participated in an open conversation about men’s health and learned some tips about how to live a happier and healthier life.
A healthcare representative from Durham’s CAARE, Inc. was present, and provided on sight screenings for hypertension. The men in the shop not got their blood pressure checked, they also received information on how to manage their weight, reduce their stress levels, and maintain healthy blood pressure. After talking to some of the men at the event, it was apparent that many of them were surprised at the results of their blood pressure screenings. Although some weren’t aware of the risk factors for hypertension, they were all happy to get a better understanding of the things that they could do to manage it.
The Family Resource Center of Raleigh feels that men’s health is an important part of keeping our community intact, and keeping fathers engaged in the lives of their children. We will continue with the mission of educating men about the importance of obtaining knowledge, and taking preventive action against diseases such as hypertension, prostate cancer, diabetes, and more that plague our community. We were pleased to be a part of the Men’s Health Initiative, and look forward to continuing to get the word out to men and women about the importance of living a happy and healthy life.
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Dion Chavis, Education Case Manager Project PULSE, Family Resource Center of Raleigh
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