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Remembering Men's Health This Father's Day

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Laura Zabriskie

June 16, 2020
With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s a great time to talk about men’s health. In American culture, women tend to embrace their health with events such as breast cancer awareness month, but men often resist healthcare unless there is an acute medical problem. Kevin Ferentz, MD, Chairman, Department of Family Medicine at GBMC spoke with Fox 45 host, Tom Rodgers, to explain why men need to make their health a priority and how you can help protect the men in your life from illness.

“It’s very important that men, especially as they get older, see their doctor to talk about health issues,” Dr. Ferentz said. “Many men’s issues are completely asymptomatic, so you need to come to your doctor every year to get the appropriate screenings and talk about things like stopping smoking or managing obesity.” Dr. Ferentz, who ran a smoking cessation clinic for many years, cited quitting smoking as the single best thing a person can do for their health. He also mentioned obesity as one of the most common issues he addresses with his patients. “More than 40% of Americans are obese and obesity can have unbelievable negative impacts on your health,” he explained.

It’s impossible to provide preventative healthcare if men don’t create a relationship with a primary care provider who they can see regularly. “I tell people that the choices that we make have an impact on how long we’re going to live and how well we are going to feel,” Dr. Ferentz said. To help the men in your life stay well, encourage them to see a primary care provider and establish healthy eating and exercise habits.

This Father’s Day weekend, GBMC is hosting the VIRTUAL 32nd annual Father’s Day 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We encourage you (and the important men in your life!) to sign up for either distance and participate from your favorite running spot! This is a wonderful opportunity to both get active and support the tiniest patients at GBMC. We hope to “see” you this weekend! Click here to learn more about the Father’s Day 5K and register to participate or make a donation!

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