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June is Men’s Health Month: A health promotion point-of-view

Posted 6/21/2011   Updated 6/21/2011 Email story   Print story


by Carlos Sifuentes
17th Medical Group, Health and Wellness Center Health Promotion Educator

6/21/2011 - GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- June is Men's Health Month. There are many thoughts which may come to mind when a man thinks about his health: "I am in amazing shape and really do not need to read this whole article", "I really need to cut down on my life's joy, pizza, if I want to lose weight", "I need to find time for PT", "I am too stressed to exercise".

There are two aspects of health men tend to concentrate on, eating and exercise. Yet there are other dimensions of health which affect our lives, our social environment, our core values and belief systems, our jobs and mental health play key roles in our overall health. When looking within your health and wellness belief systems, ask yourself, what do I perceive as a benefit to change a behavior and what do I perceive as a barrier to change a behavior?

First, what is the perceived benefit of the action proposed (more vegetables, aerobic training, etc.)? There are many facts out there about the benefits of exercise and other health topics. The internet alone has a never-ending flow of information, but is it reliable? You can probably name many benefits of making healthy changes in your life, but is it real to you? The question isn't whether there is enough information to motivate you to make a healthy change, the question is whether the information is real to you and is it personal and meaningful to you? A lasting change means truly believing the healthy behavior will make a difference in your life. Do you care enough about this benefit for it to make a real change in your life before a health complication arises? Unfortunately, many men wait for disease to be upon them until finally the "care" within them is real.

Second, what are the perceived barriers of healthy actions you must take? We tend to add up these barriers in our heads until we give up and do not address them. Many men are barely making it, some aren't making it at all, some are doing just enough, others are eating to scarcely pass their waist circumference measurement. More importantly, some are losing their lives to these barriers. So, what are the barriers preventing you from really succeeding in your wellness goals? Not just barely making it but shining and never looking back but if only to learn and remember. The answer lies in your capability and willingness to confront and overcome the barriers in your life to have this active success. Wellness is a lifetime process which ends when your life has come to an end. This means when you reach your 180 pound goal weight, you must continue to maintain this weight which is the hardest part of our wellness programs.

If no one has ever said this to you before, let me be the first to oblige, YOU CAN DO IT!! There is so much help here on Goodfellow to guide you in your successes and struggles. H.A.W.C. has health education classes, physical activity programs, a quit tobacco program and many other tools for you to utilize. Mental Health, Chaplains, the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Mathis Fitness Center, Fire Department, Education and Training, Sexual Assault Prevention & Response have prevention programs as well. You are not alone in your health venture, please call the H.A.W.C. or these other support services to help keep you well. And remember, keep moving, eat the rainbow (food of all colors), get a check up, memorize stress coping techniques, laugh 'til it hurts and have some fun

There will be a Men's Health Month Lunch and Learn at the H.A.W.C., building 140, June 27, noon - 1 p.m. To RSVP call (325) 654-5962 or email

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