4 Health Tips for the Men in Your Life

4 Health Tips for the Men in Your Life

As the days become longer and the temperatures get warmer, it can be difficult for the hardworking men in your life to remember proper habits to stay healthy. With June being Men’s Health Month, its critical to remind men that their health matters not just this month, but all year round. So, take a look at the tips below and be sure to pass along these helpful hints to the guys in your life!

1.       Schedule a routine check-up/screening: Remind all the guys in your life – no matter the age – that regular doctor check-ups are important to their health. Routine appointments can scan for any unsuspecting changes in a patient’s health that could lead to future health problems — body mass index, cholesterol and blood pressure. Regular check-ups are also helpful with identifying more serious health issues, such as certain types of cancers and diabetes/blood sugar levels. Regularly meeting with your doctor also gives you the opportunity to discuss changes or concerns you may have about your health.

2.       Put good, fresh foods into your body: Having a healthy, well-balanced diet can do wonders for your health. In fact, decreasing the amount of sugars and fats you ingest not only lowers your cholesterol, but can also lower your chance of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. And since it’s summertime, fresh fruits and vegetables are all around for you to gorge on and still be healthy!

3.       Get that body moving: Just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity several times a week gets your body goin’ and strengthens your health. From walking, running, basketball, mowing the lawn, swimming or playing a game of badminton, the guy in your life is bound to find a physical activity he enjoys and that’s good for his health! But what if he doesn’t have the time? No worries and no excuses. Research shows that short bursts of exercise – 10 minutes multiple times a week — can help improve one’s health. However, it’s important to talk to your doctor to figure out the best exercise path for you!

4.       Do your best to de-stress: It’s summertime. And, while that may mean sunny skies and warm temperatures, work and bad news can come at any given time. The lawn needs mowed, but the pipes burst in the kitchen, and of course, household chores are piling up. Stop. It’s important to remind the men in your life (and, yourself included) to relax during stressful periods. Not only can stress take a toll on one’s emotional and mental health, but your physical health can also become affected. Notice the early warning signs of too much stress – teeth grinding/clenching, irritability and tension in the shoulders. Remember that summer is also the season for many to take a vacation or some extra time off to de-stress. 

New Barbour Community Project Assists Patients

New Barbour Community Project Assists Patients

 Students at Studio C located in Philippi chose Project PINwheel to donate to for their annual ‘Concert with a Cause this past Christmas. Christmas charity. Jill Baker, BCHA representative, accepts the donation.

It’s no secret that Barbour County is a close-knit community that Barbour Community Health Association (BCHA) is proud to be a part of. Since 1973, BCHA has strived to make healthcare accessible and affordable for Barbour County residents. For this reason, members of the BCHA staff came up with the idea to create Project PINwheel. 

Project PINwheel, initially named Patients in Need (PIN), was created with the goal to raise money for community members who might need to travel outside of Barbour County to seek healthcare. The money is used to directly assist in covering costs that insurance companies don’t typically cover. For instance, funds are used for lodging, gasoline or food for the patient and family members while their loved one seeks treatment.

“We are hoping this will decrease any barrier people in our community may have to receiving treatments they need,” says Debbie Schoonover, COO of BCHA.

“The staff at BCHA is passionate about this project because they love their community and making an impact on the lives of their neighbors. The opportunity to give back means the world to us,” continued Schoonover. In September, BCHA held their annual bingo fundraiser. Combined with two private donations of sizeable amounts, the fund continues to grow. BCHA along with private contributors have already been able to assist some residents of Barbour County.

“We are all excited about the future of this project and what it means for the residents of Barbour County,” Schoonover concluded.

How to Apply for Help or to Help

BCHA makes applying for help and donating easy, just contact Belington Medical Clinic and ask for Debbie or Connie Williams. Most of the funds for Project PINwheel come from individual donors, many of who were touched by illness or have family members who have been. In addition to individual donation, Project PINwheel has two major fundraisers each year, one of which is the annual Medley Collection Bingo, held each September. “Wherever they come from, donations are greatly” appreciated, Schoonover says.

For more information on Project PINwheel or to contribute, contact Belington Medical Clinic at 304-823-2800 and ask for Debbie or Connie Williams.