Guys, it's OK to put your health first

Article Date: Jun 3, 2013

Listen up, men. Health care professionals are tired of your excuses. It's time for an attitude adjustment. It's time to make your health a priority. Recently, a not-so-secret was exposed — men are less likely to go to the doctor than women. They also are less likely to take preventive steps to stay healthier longer. Consequently, men die an average of seven years sooner than women.

In the health care industry, there is more serious movement to awaken in men the same health awareness that women have. The Alegent Creighton Health system is attempting to break down the barriers that keep men from engaging in preventive health measures.

"It's complicated navigating through the system," said Larry Niemann, campus operations leader for Lakeside Hospital in Omaha and Midlands Hospital in Papillion, which are part of the Alegent Creighton Health system.

In April, Alegent Creighton Health launched what it calls the "Men's Health Nurse Navigator Program," which distributes information, motivates men to take responsibility for their health and helps with scheduling appointments and following through.

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