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Men's Health

Men’s health is a family matter. Set a great example by making healthy choices for yourself. Get a checkup every year. Many illnesses can be prevented from getting worse with regular screenings like blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose.

For completing an annual PCP checkup, new members can earn rewards which can be used to shop for healthy items. To register visit: Memberwell or call 1-800-510-3944.

Eat healthy. Did you know that only 1 out of 10 men in NYC eat the recommended 5 servings or more of fruits and vegetables every day? Need more tips on nutrition and healthy recipes? Check out these articles in our free Health Library: Nutrition & General Wellness

Keep moving. Regular physical activity prevents obesity and reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Exercise also helps with mood and mental well-being. Visit the Fitness section of our free Health Library Fitness for information on creating an exercise program, indoor activities for the winter, how to prevent sports injuries, and much more.

Get support when you need it. Feeling stressed? Or need help with quitting substances like alcohol and painkillers? No need to shoulder it all on your own. Your MetroPlusHealth benefits include mental health services such as psychotherapy also known as talk therapy. Addiction counseling and treatment are also available. It is easy to connect with a licensed professional through the MetroPlusHealth Virtual Visit anytime, no appointment necessary, from anywhere in New York State, 24/7 – and in your language at no cost to you. Just click on “Talk to a Doctor Now” here or call 1-855-287-3508. For additional Behavioral Health services and resources, go to Behavioral Health. Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health.

Quit smoking. Using tobacco products like cigarettes and vape pens can cause cancer, stroke, heart and lung diseases, erectile dysfunction, and lower sperm count. Secondhand smoke causes 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory conditions, and more severe asthma. Babies whose mothers are exposed to secondhand smoke have weaker lungs than other babies. For help with quitting smoking, talk to your doctor about treatment that may be right for you like nicotine replacement therapy (i. e. gum, patch, Chantix, Wellbutrin). Call the NYS Quitline (1-866-697-8487 or 1-866-NY-QUITS) to speak with a quit coach. For more smoking cessation programs and resources, go to: Smoking Cessation

Health Effects | Smoking & Tobacco Use | CDC  Retrieved June 7, 2022.

Prevention is key. Ask your doctor about routine preventive cancer screenings. For example, getting colorectal and prostate cancer screenings can detect cancer early when it is more treatable. Speak with your doctor also about recommended vaccinations as immunizations can prevent such diseases as influenza and pneumonia. You can earn Member Rewards  for preventive health activities like completing a colorectal cancer screening and getting your annual flu shot. Go to Memberwell or call 1-800-510-3944 for more information.

Be your own health advocate. If you have chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma, be sure to schedule regular check-ups with your doctors to monitor and discuss how you are managing your condition. Take medications as prescribed by your doctor. If you have any concerns about your medications, be sure to bring them up with your doctor. To learn more about MetroPlusHealth pharmacy benefits, including home delivery and mail order, look through your plan documents. For more information about:

Member Rewards are available for health activities like taking asthma controller medications and completing a diabetic retinal eye exam. To see if you qualify, visit Memberwell or call 1-800-510-3944.

Helpful links:

  2. NYC Health + Hospital
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  5. Members Rewards Program: Memberwell
last updated: June 28, 2022

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