I’ve held many jobs throughout my life. I’ve been a teacher, coach, restaurant owner, town councilman, deputy supervisor, legislator, and County Executive to name just a few. All have been great experiences and learning opportunities. Each has contributed to the fabric of my life in some way. But of all the jobs and titles I’ve held, there is one that has been more meaningful to me than all the others and truly changed my life forever – that is the job of being a father.
Whether you go by Dad, Pop, Pa, Daddy, Papi, or some other variation, being a father is a job that comes with awesome responsibility and incredible opportunity for fulfillment. It is our chance to make a difference and help shape the life of another person. It is because of this responsibility to care for another that we must be sure to also care for ourselves.
This week ending on Sunday, June 16 with Father’s Day is National Men’s Health Week. It is a reminder to all men to take control of their health. Over the past year, men were 24% less likely than women to see a doctor. This reluctance to seek medical care is dangerous. Many of the health risks that men face can be prevented or treated with early diagnosis. The top three causes of death in men are heart disease, cancer, and accidents – all things that have potential for prevention with proper screening or precautions.
Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Eli Avila and I urge you to use June and Father’s Day as your reminder, or a reminder for the important men in your life, to increase awareness of the potentially significant health problems that men can face and take steps to prevent such problems.
• Get routine check-ups and preventive screenings. Ask your health care professional for the screenings that are appropriate for your age range.
• Be more physically active and make healthy food choices.
• Get to your healthy weight and stay there.
• Quit smoking - become tobacco free.
• Drink alcohol only in moderation.
• Manage stress.
For more information about how you can live a healthy lifestyle or help the men in your life live more healthfully, check out the Healthy Orange website at www.healthyorange.com.
To all the men out there – taking care of yourself is part of being the best man you can be. There’s nothing manly – or beneficial – about ignoring your health. And to all the dads – all the best for a very happy Father’s Day!
Until next week, I wish you good health and happiness.