Stillwater News Press

Health & Environment

June 14, 2014

Live Well 06-15-14

Dads should see doctor regularly

Each year National Men’s Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. During this week, individuals, families, communities and others work to raise awareness of ways to promote healthy living and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

I attended the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Public Health Association. The mission statement of OPHA is to “Promote public health improvements through education, practice, and advocacy.” This year’s conference promoted eating better, moving more, and being tobacco free – essential elements of health.

In my four years of attending this annual meeting, this year was the first time that I have seen a specific session addressing men’s health.

The breakout session was titled “Trends in Men’s Health Research and Outreach: A Focus on Masculinity and Gender Roles within the Social Environment.” The presenter was Dr. James Leone, an assistant professor of Health Education at Bridgewater State University in Boston, Mass. His research revealed that most men have a “gender role conflict” as it relates to going to the doctor. He says in our culture the views of “traditional masculine values” are usually expressed as stoicism, providing and protecting and strength. However, the social stigma, or challenges to masculinity, is emotionality, femininity and weakness, with the resulting potential consequences being low self-esteem or aggression. As a result, men tend to not go to the doctor. Many men see this as a sign of weakness, reacting to the stigma that they are somehow weak or less masculine because they go to the doctor for a checkup. Therefore, the taboo of appearing weak is claiming lives on a regular basis. The taboo of appearing weak is robbing kids of time with their dads and wives of years with their husbands because of the decision to not have a regular checkup or show interest in our own wellbeing.

We, as men this Father’s Day, should give our family a gift by going to see the family doctor. We should lead the way for our families to living healthy lives, to caring about our welfare and the welfare of our families. As we lead by example, we can pioneer the way to healthier lives.

Lewis Robinson III is tobacco prevention coordinators for Oklahoma State University Prevention Programs.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Health & Environment
  • Live Well 07-20-14

    It is way too easy to hit snooze on my alarm clock.
    Exercising in the morning always seems like a good idea until the alarm starts yelling at an ungodly hour.

    July 19, 2014

  • Live Well 07-13-14

    Continuing the success of a landmark national tobacco education campaign launched in 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is airing a second series of ads in 2014 featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases.

    July 13, 2014

  • Live Well 06-29-14

    Most people are aware that Stillwater Animal Welfare is full of cute cats and dogs available for adoption, but did you know that when you save a pet that your pet saves you, too?

    June 28, 2014

  • Live Well 06-22-14

    Prescription drug use is continuously on the rise in the United States due to the medical advancements of this country.

    June 21, 2014

  • brownthrasher.jpg Life at Boomer Lake 06-15-14

    Even though it has been quite rainy over the past week, the lake is once again at very healthy levels. Consequently, avian life in our neck of the woods is thriving.

    June 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • Live Well 06-15-14

    Each year National Men’s Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.

    June 14, 2014

  • Live Well 06-08-14

    I love summer! As an educator in Stillwater Public Schools, I love summer for my students and my family.

    June 7, 2014

  • Live Well 06-01-14

    Saturday was World No Tobacco Day – a day observed around the world on May 31. The intention of this day is to observe a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco across the globe.

    May 31, 2014

  • Live Well 05-25-14

    Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer because of its ability to spread, or metastasize.

    May 24, 2014

  • Live Well 05-18-14

    With Mother’s Day behind us, what is the greatest gift you can get or give?

    May 17, 2014

Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball
NDN Video
CDC Director Warns Of A World Where Antibiotics No Longer Work Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'
Must Read