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'The Business of Health Care Report'

National Men’s Health Week
06/15/2009

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

June 15-21 is National Men’s Health Week. I encourage employers to inform the men in your workforce about preventive measures they can take to stay healthy at any age.

To start, men should schedule a checkup and use the appointment to open a dialogue with their physicians about what screenings and tests are recommended for their age group and how often they should be tested.

A lot of of the major health risks men face, such as heart disease or colon cancer, can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Screening tests can find diseases in the early stages when they are easier to treat.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, key screenings and tests for men include Body Mass Index, cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, prostate and colorectal screenings. Simple, non-invasive vascular screening tests are also available, and are important for men over 55 or those with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a history of smoking.

In addition to getting recommended tests, it is critical for your employees to take preventive medicines if needed, such as aspirin to prevent heart disease. And as always, encourage your workers to eat a healthy diet, stay active and avoid smoking.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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