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What resources are you sharing for Men’s Health Month and the start of sunburn season?

By Micah Clemens

June is Men’s Health Month, and many health centers are taking to social media to share health tips and resources to promote awareness.

The Northwest Regional Primary Care Association shared a great resource from the Mayo Clinic called Men’s health: Preventing the top 7 threats. This post includes facts and preventative tips about heart disease, cancer, accidents, chronic lower respiratory diseases, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and more. The bottom line sums up the importance of preventative care for long-term health and wellness:

Understanding health risks is one thing. Taking action to reduce your risks is another. Start with healthy lifestyle choices — eating a healthy diet, staying physically active, quitting smoking, getting regular checkups and taking precautions in your daily activities. The impact may be greater than you’ll ever know.

Summertime reminders of skin protection

Many health centers take seriously the role of educating patients and community members about the dangers of over-exposure to the sun, and the rising amounts of skin cancer. Hudson Health Plan took to Facebook to share a resource from the New York State Health Department on when and how to apply sunscreen.

The dangers of sun exposure

One particular photo on Facebook went viral recently, showing the face of a 69-year-old truck driver who had one side of his face exposed to the sun for decades while driving. The story of the driver and photo originated in The New England Journal of Medicine, but made a big splash on social media raising awareness.