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June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Contact: Emily Weatherly

Cuero, Texas: During June, as part of Men's Health Month, Cuero Regional Hospital wants to lend their expertise to improving men's health and well-being by providing health screenings, collaborating on area health fairs, and promoting other health education and outreach activities. The goal of Men’s Health Month, celebrated every June, is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Compared to women, men are less likely to have a regular doctor and health insurance, and are more likely to put off routine checkups or delay seeing a health provider after experiencing symptoms, according to Men’s Health Network (MHN).

That’s not the smart move for men with or at risk for heart disease, cancer, stroke or suicide, as the rate of death for each condition causes significantly more deaths in men than women. Other common health issues for men include depression, anxiety and stress, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and gastrointestinal disorders.

In fact, “on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women,” said Dr. David Gremillion of MHN.

“If Men’s Health Month teaches men just one thing, hopefully it’s the importance of establishing a relationship with a primary care physician, ideally starting around the age of 18,” said Paul Willers, DO, family medicine & obstetrics doctor at Cuero Medical Clinic. “Visits with your primary care doctor will include reviewing preventive medical needs and immunizations, as well as discussing your BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk. Having this baseline helps your doctor to determine how often follow-up visits are needed, as well as an opportunity to discuss goals to stay healthy and ways to modify health risk factors like tobacco use, diet/exercise and coordinate any specialty care needed,” said Willers.

How can you get involved? Here are a few suggestions from MHN and Cuero Regional Hospital:

  • Wear Blue Day to raise awareness about men’s health. Organize an effort in your workplace to wear blue as a reminder of men’s health issues on Friday, June 14.
  • Attend area health fairs. Cuero Regional Hospital is proud to partner with the Dewitt Ministerial Alliance on their first health fair that will be held in conjunction with their Juneteenth Celebration on June 15 from 11 – 4 at the First Presbyterian Church. Free screenings, as well as educational pieces and CRH staff will be on hand.
    • Juneteenth Celebration & Community Health Fair, Cuero
      June 15, 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
      First Presbyterian Church, 302 N. McLeod Street, Cuero
      Cuero Regional Hospital is proud to partner with the Dewitt Ministerial Alliance to provide free health checks and screenings at this Juneteenth Celebration event. Food and entertainment, as well as a robust health fair featuring a variety of health vendors, will be provided throughout the day. For more information, visit cuerohospital.org
  • Attend area health screenings or health classes.
    • Health Checks in Cuero Presented by Cuero Home Health
      June 18 , 11 a.m. – noon
      Calvary Baptist Church, Cuero
      Cuero Home Health provides free blood pressure checks and blood sugar checks the third Tuesday of the month at the Calvary Baptist Church in Cuero. For more information, call Cuero Home Health at 361-275-8999.
  • Health Checks in Yorktown by Cuero Home Health
    June 25 , 11 a.m. – noon
    Yorktown Fire Station
    Cuero Home Health provides free blood pressure checks and blood sugar checks the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Yorktown Fire Station at 11 a.m.
  • Diabetes Education Classes Presented by Texas A&M Healthy South Texas
    June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Cuero Regional Hospital’s Education Classroom
    Diabetes Education Classes are held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Cuero Regional Hospital's Education Room. These classes are for anyone over 18yrs of age and older. Call 361-703-5441 for more information or to enroll.
    By enrolling in their FREE, year-long program, you'll get all of the following: Eight-hour "Controlling Your Diabetes" class, Initial lab work, Follow-up lab work every three months for one year and Continuing education and support.
    • Class dates for 2019: July 23, August 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 26 and Dec. 19. Also, join us for Family Night at the Cuero Wellness Center on the same night from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Men’s Health presentation at Parkside Picnic. Parkside Picnic is a gathering of area seniors each month for lunch and important health topics. Seating is limited to first 30 RSVPs. Learn more by calling: 361-275-2800.

  • Get active! Many area gyms (including Cuero Wellness Center) are offering summer specials to join, often waving the enrollment fee.
  • Encourage your civic group or church to talk about Men’s Health Month and include information in your flyers or newsletters.

More information and resources about Men’s Health Month are available in both English and Spanish from www.menshealthmonth.org.

Cuero Regional Hospital is located at 2550 N. Esplanade in Cuero, Texas and offers an ED- Level IV Trauma Center, on-staff General Surgeon, and a TeleStroke program. For more information, please visit www.cuerohospital.org or call (361) 275-6191.