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Here Are 3 Ways Agents Can Celebrate National Men’s Health Week

National Men’s Health Week is a time to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection of disease among men and boys. This year from June 11 – 17, take the opportunity to encourage your clients to seek regular medical advice and get early treatment for disease and injury.

Ready to raise awareness? Here are some ideas to get you going.

1. Talk with your clients about common men’s health concerns.

This includes prostate cancer, blood pressure, and lung and heart health per the Men’s Health Network. See their timeline of recommendations below:

For your clients who are men and ages 20-39, they should:

  • Have a physical exam every 3 years
  • Have their blood pressure checked every year
  • Have a TB skin test every 5 years
  • Have blood tests and urinalysis every 3 years
  • Have a baseline EKG at age 30
  • Have a tetanus booster every 10 years
  • Have a rectal exam every year
  • Conduct a skin self-exam every month
  • Be screened for sexually transmitted diseases every year

For your clients who are men and ages 40-49, they should:

  • Have a physical exam every 2 years
  • Have their blood pressure checked every year
  • Have a TB skin test every 5 years
  • Have blood tests and urinalysis every 2 years
  • Have an EKG every 2 years
  • Have a tetanus booster every 10 years
  • Have a rectal exam every year
  • Have a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test*
  • Have a hemoccult exam every year
  • Discuss having a chest x-ray with a physician
  • Conduct a skin self-exam every month
  • Discuss having testosterone screening with a physician
  • Discuss having screenings for sexually transmitted diseases with a physician

*African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer may opt to have PSA blood tests at 40 years of age or earlier.

For your clients who are men and ages 50+, they should:

  • Have a physical exam every year
  • Have their blood pressure checked every year
  • Have a TB skin test every 5 years
  • Have blood tests and urinalysis every year
  • Have an EKG every year
  • Have a tetanus booster every 10 years
  • Have a rectal exam every year
  • Have a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test
  • Have a hemoccult exam every year
  • Have a colorectal exam every 3-4 years
  • Discuss having a chest x-ray with a physician
  • Conduct a skin self-exam every month
  • Discuss having bone health screening with a physician
  • Discuss having testosterone screening with a physician
  • Discuss having screenings for sexually transmitted diseases with a physician

2. Make sure your clients know how to make the most of the health coverage they select.

If they are interested in health benefits insurance (otherwise known as limited medical coverage), plan options may:  

  • Be helpful when clients are unable to afford major medical coverage, not eligible for short-term medical, and/or looking to supplement their major medical coverage
  • Offer guaranteed coverage when eligibility is met
  • Secure lower premiums than major medical options
  • Provide benefits such as $50-$100 paid toward doctor and specialist visits available
  • Not require the use of a network of doctors
  • Offer next day coverage or little to no waiting periods for accidental injuries or sickness (Note: This is due to lower and more restricted benefits. This is not a replacement for major medical insurance.)

Note: This type of coverage does not count as minimum essential coverage required by the Affordable Care Act and is not suitable to serve as sole medical coverage.

If they are interested in short-term medical coverage, plan options may:  

  • Be helpful in the face of life-altering transition periods such as pre-Medicare retirement, change in employment status, rolling off parental or student insurance, bridging a gap in major medical coverage or those who missed Open Enrollment
  • Offer flexibility in coverage length and cost
  • Provide a variety of deductible and coinsurance options and low copay options for in-network benefits (note: benefits may be limited and subject to exclusions and restrictions and this coverage does not cover cover pre-existing conditions)

Note: This type of coverage is designed solely to provide healthcare coverage during unexpected coverage gaps. It also does not count as minimum essential coverage required by the Affordable Care Act and is not suitable to serve as sole medical coverage.

If they are interested in ACA medical coverage, plan options may:  

  • Provide coverage for pre-existing conditions and preventive care for individuals and families
  • Offer options to change plans every year
  • Offer subsidies to lower costs
  • Provide minimum essential health benefits

If they are interested in critical illness coverage, plan options may:  

  • Offer an added layer of financial protection in the face of critical health concerns
  • Pay benefits directly to those enrolled or their designees
  • Provide benefits that can be used to pay living expenses and healthcare costs
  • Include little to no waiting periods as well as certain limitations and exclusions

Note: This type of coverage may be subject to various exclusions and limitations. Ensure your clients understand these prior to making a purchasing decision.

3. Celebrate awareness with activities in your office.

Organize a Wear Blue Day.

  • Ask your team to pose for photos in all blue – the signature color of the initiative – and post them to social media with the hashtags #MensHealthWeek, #WearBlueDay, and/or #ShowUsYourBlue.
  • Create a fundraising challenge and invite businesses near your office to join. Donate the proceeds to heart disease or cancer research organizations (those diseases are the #1 and #2 fatal diseases for men in the United States respectively).

Provide your team with local health resources.

  • Ask a local doctor or nutritionist to make a presentation on common men’s health concerns and everyday ways your team members can improve their health.
  • Organize a health fair complete with health screenings for blood pressure and cholesterol levels and opportunities to speak with advocates of wellness care, doctors/nurses, dentists, fitness instructors, etc.

Challenge your team to fun activities.

  • Hold a 5K near your office and ask nearby businesses to join.
  • Bring in a fitness instructor to lead fun activities/classes for your team. Consider inviting your team’s loved ones as well.

Provide encouragement and resources to the men among your clients and within your community for National Men’s Health Week – and every week – and contribute to the growing awareness of prevention, early detection, and treatment of disease.

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Here Are 3 Ways Agents Can Celebrate National Men’s Health Week