By Jueseppi B.
Men: Don’t Wait for a Wakeup Call When it Comes to Your Health
As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health.
National Men’s Health Week, from June 10 through Father’s Day on June 16, is a good time for us to start taking responsibility and doing what’s needed to stay healthy and active. That means eating right, taking the time to exercise, and—yes—talking to our doctors about what checkups we need.
Many health problems are preventable or more easily treated if we’re proactive about our health. The good news is the Affordable Care Actensures that most health insurance plans cover recommended preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost.
Some of these services that are particularly important to men ages 40 to 64 include blood pressure and cholesterol checks, flu shots and tobacco cessation services.
Make sure your fathers, grandfathers, friends and uncles on Medicare know that they are eligible for these and other preventive services such as a yearly wellness visit, with no co-pays or deductibles.
On October 1, 2013, there will be a new way for men to find affordable, quality health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. You will be able to compare private insurance plans at the new Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.gov and purchase the one that best suits your needs and wallet, for coverage starting January 1, 2014. You will also be able to use the same website to find out if you’re eligible for free or lower-cost coverage.
Beginning next year, you can’t be turned down or charged more because of a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, or because of the type of work you do.
Educate yourself and get information to share with all the men in your life — your sons, brothers, fathers, uncles, cousins, partners, and friends — by signing up now at HealthCare.gov.
During National Men’s Health Week, let’s man up and take control of our health—for the peace of mind and security that we and our families deserve.
There’s no better Father’s Day gift for the fathers and men – and women and children – who care for us.
Celebrating Father’s Day at the White House
June 14, 2013 | 1:27 | Public Domain
President Obama hosts a Father’s Day luncheon in the State Dining Room to celebrate the importance of strong families and mentorship.
President Obama Meets with Students in the “Becoming A Man” Program
President Obama celebrated an early Father’s Day with kids from the “Becoming a Man” program at the White House on Friday. The students traveled to Washington, D.C. from Chicago for lunch in the East Room, where the President discussed the importance of fatherhood and mentorship. The “Becoming a Man” program is based in low-income public high schools in Chicago. In February, the President visited Chicago to meet the boys in the program at Hyde Park Academy and speak about the importance of education.
The president hosted a White House luncheon with Chicago at-risk teens.
For young men who’s fathers aren’t around or very engaged in their lives, having the president of the United States as a periodic substitute is probably a pretty big deal. And when he invites you to the White House for lunch, that’s an even bigger deal.
Students and leaders from the Becoming a Man program at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago were among the guests President Obama hosted at a luncheon in the State Dining Room on Friday. The event also was an opportunity for him to continue a national conversation he began in his first term about how important fathers are in nurturing their families and communities.
“It is good to see all of you here, so many young people, so many outstanding dads — a few moms chaperoning,” Obama said. “Obviously, this is a great way for us to celebrate Father’s Day and just to remind ourselves, those of us who are fathers, how lucky we are.”
Being a dad, the president said, “is the best job I’ve got.”
Earlier this year, the president spoke at Hyde Park Academy about the economic proposals outlined in his State of the Union address. He also met with 16 students enrolled in the BAM program in a private session during which they shared with him the personal challenges they face and are working to overcome.
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