Raise awareness on men’s health

June 11-17 is National Men’s Health Week.

National Men’s Health Week is observed every June in the week leading up to Father’s Day. Out of every 4 men in the United States, 3 are overweight or obese. Despite this troubling ratio, men are still less likely to visit their doctors than women. We encourage men to take hands-on steps this month to address preventable health issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 men have not visited their doctor within the past year. Even if you feel fine, it’s important to schedule annual preventive care visits with your primary care physician (PCP). This may help you avoid health problems down the road. Some common health conditions among men may not show symptoms at first, such as colon cancer or heart disease. Preventive care – which includes services like checkups, vaccinations and certain screening tests that you get when you are well – can make a difference in the long run.

We recommend that you plan your next preventive care visit at least two months in advance. During your appointment, your PCP will determine what tests or health screenings are right for you based on your age, health status and family history.

Sharp Health Plan offers many preventive care services to you at no additional charge, when scheduled with an in-network provider and apart from other care or treatment. We encourage you to log in to Sharp Connect member portal to check your benefit plan for coverage.