Support the men in your life by encouraging healthy habits & healthy choices
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the gift ideas people may have had for Father’s Day just didn’t pan out the way they hoped. Indoor dining options won’t work; tickets to the ballgame or concert are out; so maybe aim for something a little different this year. One suggestion is to try and encourage the fathers in your life to make their health a top priority and that they don’t have to do it alone.
“National Men’s Health Week always comes the week before Father’s Day and for good reason,” explained Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “It’s a good time for us all to remind not only the fathers – but the husbands, brothers, sons or friends in our life to seriously think about living a healthier lifestyle and making healthy choices. We want our dads and grandfathers to live longer happier lives and you can help by giving them the motivation and support they need to make better decisions regarding their health.”
“Men are living longer lives today than they were in the past and some of the key reasons are that more men are taking better care of themselves through exercise, healthier eating habits and less men are smoking and using tobacco products,” explained Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer. “We certainly want that trend to continue by spreading the important message about men’s health and the different options available to help them lead a healthier lifestyle.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer these tips you can share with men and dad’s this Father’s Day;
Set an Example with Healthy Habits
Remind Men to Get Regular Checkups
Encourage men to see a doctor or health professional for regular checkups and to learn about their family health history.
Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a heart attack. Know the signs of a heart attack and if you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack call 911 immediately. Major signs of a heart attack include:
Encourage Men to Seek Help for Depression
Depression is one of the leading causes of disease or injury worldwide for both men and women. Learn to recognize the signs and how to help the men in your life.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of anxiety, stress and depression for many men,” Regenye continued. “They may have lost their employment; dealing with financial concerns; worrying about family health or any variety of reasons. These are very challenging times and many men might feel they have to hide their problems or emotions because they don’t want their families to worry. Don’t let them slip into a depression and encourage them to seek professional help.”
For more information regarding men’s health please visit CDC.org or the OCHD website at www.ochd.org. Information on COVID-19, the OCHD is providing a general Information Call Hot Line for residents and clinicians to answer questions regarding the coronavirus. The number is 732-341-9700 ext. 7411.