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It’s National Men’s Health Week

 

June 13, 2017

 

Let’s be honest, guys. We don’t always like to go to the doctor. We prefer to see ourselves as forever young and healthy.

 

But, as we mark Men’s Health Week (June 12-18), this is an important time to be mindful of our health and wellness. And the best way to do that is to become informed of the various health risks.

 

For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Every year, more than 300,000 men in the United States lose their lives to cancer. The most common kinds of cancer among men in the U.S. are skin cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal (colon) cancer.”

 

The good news is that many illnesses and diseases can be prevented with annual check-ups with your health care provider. Many cancers such as colon and prostate cancer can be screened for, especially if there's someone in your immediate family who's had it.

 

A healthy diet made up of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, lots of water and daily exercise can also go a long way to maintaining your best health and wellness for a long and happy life.

 

So, just do it! Make that appointment with your health care provider today!

 

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +. And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.


13 reasons to live

June 6, 2017

With all the many questions and concerns that have come from Netflix' controversial series "13 Reasons Why," this issue of how we talk about suicide has become more prominent.

As our public health staff continues to do its good work in the community and in classrooms throughout Riverside County, it might be time to talk instead about all the reasons we have to live.

We all know the obvious reasons to live. We live for our families and our friends. We live for the love they have for us and the love and friendship that we can offer others.

We live to care for those who need us and for the chance to teach and guide and provide for those around us.

We live to grow and prosper. We live to watch our children grow and prosper.

But there are other reasons to live, even when we feel so low that we cannot imagine going on. We have to keep living because our pain is temporary. Like all things in this world, it will not last. Situations and circumstances will change because they must. That is how life works.

Most important, we live because waiting just outside of our sadness are people who want to help, even strangers. There are professionals and resources and protocols in place for helping us work through our tough times.

I know this because I see the work those professionals do here at Public Health every day.

Visit www.rivcoips.org to learn more.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +. And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.