I’ve started a few ministries at my church: No Shave November to raise awareness about men’s health and the Food Pantry to serve the hungry in the community. I really liked working on these fliers to inform not only my church but the community about these issues.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the top five threats to men’s health is heart disease, cancer, injuries, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These are all curable or preventable if caught earlier enough. Here are a few facts for you:

Men make 134.5 million less physician visits than American women each year – making only 40.8% of all physician visits. A quarter of the men who are 45 to 60 do not have a personal physician. Men fail to make advised annual heart checkups. Men between 25 and 65 are four times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than women.

Men generally take more risks with their health than women. All these behaviors are acceptable for men and are to some extent deemed masculine. Men are twice as likely to die from cancer than women are. Men are more likely to smoke, not wear sunscreen, eat unhealthily, and not exercise.

It’s important to keep up to date with doctors appointments and immunizations. Please see your physician at least once a year.


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