As Chairman of the Board of Commissioners that oversees Broward Health, healthcare is a big part of my life. With June being Men's Health Month and today being Father's Day, I'd like to remind all fathers, grandfathers and sons in Broward County to keep an eye on their health -- so you can continue to be there for your loved ones.
At 45 years old I had a heart attack, followed by quadruple bypass surgery. I know firsthand the importance for men of all ages to get regular check-ups, and before an appointment tapping into one’s family history. Knowing family history may indicate a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or other diseases like diabetes or cancer, and will help your doctor run the right tests and working together come up with an appropriate healthcare plan.
Even if you don’t have a family history of disease, it is important to get regular check-ups and screenings with your doctor, dentist and optometrist to help you stay healthy. Keeping an eye on your mental health is equally important; be sure to tell your doctor if you feel depressed or more anxious than usual.
On top of checking-in with healthcare providers, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy and playing competitive sports helped save my life. I strongly encourage everyone to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and avoid unhealthy habits like smoking or consuming too much soda, alcohol, or fried foods. Doing so won’t just benefit your health, but will encourage those around you – especially your families – to do the same. Happy Father’s Day.