Central California Alliance for Health | Living Healthy | June 2020

HEALTHY LIVING HEALTHY is published for the members and community partners of CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH, 1600 Green Hills Road, Suite 101, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, telephone 831-430-5500 or 800-700-3874, ext. 5505, website www.ccah-alliance.org. Information in LIVING HEALTHY comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2020 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Editor Erin Huang Health Programs Supervisors Desirre Herrera and Mao Moua Health Programs Manager Deborah Pineda www.ccah-alliance.org June is Men’s Health Month, a good reminder for men and their families to learn about health care for men. Sometimes men might pay less attention to their own health and focus more on their job, home and family. Where do you start? First, choose a primary care provider and make your first appointment. The Alliance can help you find one. Your primary care provider can give you regular medical checkups and help make sure you get the care you need, including: ●  ● Health screenings. You may feel fine, and you may be healthy. Or you could have a silent health problem, like high blood pressure, and not even know it. Your primary care provider can use screening tests to detect some diseases before they cause symptoms, when they’re often easier to control or treat. ●  ● Vaccines. Are you due for a tetanus booster? A shingles shot? Do you get a flu vaccine every year? Getting recommended vaccinations can help you avoid painful and serious diseases. ●  ● Advice for a healthy life. Your primary care provider can help with goals like eating right, exercising regularly, losing weight and quitting tobacco. Ask for help Your primary care provider is there to help you be healthy and stay healthy. You can ask about topics that may be keeping you from a healthier life, such as: ●  ● Your mental health. Do you feel sad, hopeless or disinterested in activities you once enjoyed? These can be signs of depression, which is a serious illness. Treatment helps most people with depression enjoy life again. ●  ● Your drinking or smoking habits. Your primary care provider can discuss the health risks of drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco or using other substances. Your primary care provider can help you with finding options to help you reduce or quit. ●  ● Your energy level. If you’re tired a lot or your desire for sex has plummeted, there may be a reason, such as a low testosterone level, that can be treated. Sources: American Heart Association; Hormone Health Network; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services June is National Men’s Health Month! Time to take control of your health FOR MORE INFORMATION on Men’s Health Month and tips for healthy living, visit cdc.gov/features/healthymen/index.html .