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Posted on: June 21, 2018

For Men’s Health Month — Get Healthy, Get Screened, Get Honest, Get Going

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Jefferson County, Colo. — It’s not just a stereotype — men are less likely than women to go to the doctor for their annual checkup. According to a 2016 Cleveland Clinic survey, only 60 percent of men see their doctor once a year. That same study reported that for about 20 percent of men, even when they did go see a doctor, it wasn’t because they were concerned about their health — it was because a loved one talked them into going.


June is Men’s Health Month, and it’s the perfect time for us to focus on the important health issues men face. The top causes of death for men in the U.S., including heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and stroke, are things that often times yearly doctor’s visits can detect and healthy lifestyles can help prevent.


To help make it easier for the many men who may have concerns about their health or seeing a doctor — and to make it easier for loved ones to start conversations with the guys in their lives — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has put together a quick and easy guide detailing some things men can do to stay on top of their health.


Get healthy.

  • Choose a balanced diet full of nutritious, healthy foods, that fits within the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Don’t worry guys — a moderately active 30-45-year-old man is recommended to get 2,600 calories a day. No deprivation needed!
  • Get active at whatever level you’re able. Remember — some physical activity is better than none, so even if you don’t have the time or ability to exercise for very long, it’s still better than nothing! Adults need at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity (think brisk walking) exercise every week, along with some sort of muscle strengthening activities on all major muscle groups at least two days a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • It can be hard, but try to stop using tobacco products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. These increase your risk of a number of life-threatening complications, like heart and lung disease, cancer and more. For resources to help with quitting, visit tobaccofreejeffco.com/thinking-of-quitting.


Get screened.

  • Visit your primary care clinician to receive important screenings for potential health concerns, including prostate and colorectal cancer screenings and blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol tests.
  • The clinic at JCPH offers many different services for men. We offer judgment-free, confidential testing for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). Clinic staff can also provide men screenings for Hepatitis C, HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the daily HIV prevention medication, family planning methods, including no-scalpel vasectomies and immunizations. The clinic is located at 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood. To learn more, go to jeffco.us/2100.


Get honest.

  • Everyone has mental health, and it’s just as important as your physical health. Just like you would seek medical care if you had an injury that interfered with your ability to live your life normally, you should seek care if you are feeling like problems with your mental health are interfering with your life.
  • In 2016, 99 people in Jefferson County died from suicide; 81 of them were men. The disparate number of men who die from suicide is consistent across the state and country. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and check in with the other men in your life.
  • Men are two times more likely to binge drink than women. Long-term misuse of alcohol or drugs can have serious health implications.
  • Some resources for people who are struggling with hopelessness, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance misuse or any other mental health concern are:
    • The Colorado Crisis Line — a free, confidential, 24/7 resource for those seeking help. The line offers help for those suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, bullying, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, family crises, disabilities, domestic violence, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder, concerns for a friend or a family member, homelessness and self-harm. You can call them at 1-877-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.
    • Jefferson Center — a provider of mental health and substance use services at locations across Jefferson County. They offer 24/7 emergency services. Call 303-425-0300 or go to jcmh.org for more information.
    • Let’s Talk — resources on how to ask for help, or how to start the conversation with someone else. Learn more at letstalkco.org.


Get going.

  • Just because nothing feels wrong doesn’t mean nothing is wrong or that there’s nothing the doctor can help with. You may be due for an important vaccine. A blood pressure check may reveal something worth further tests. A patch of skin you may not have noticed may look suspicious to your doctor. In general, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so get going for an annual check-up with your doctor.


About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan through prevention, education and partnerships for all people. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

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