Check Up 13

Welcome to Check Up 13, in partnering with St. Vincent

WTHR, Channel 13, and Anne Marie Tiernon, co-anchor and health reporter, have partnered with St. Vincent, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system, on an initiative called Check Up 13. The goal of the program is to educate and encourage Indiana residents to take a proactive role in their own health. Check Up 13 includes news stories that will air on the 13th of every month during the Health Beat segment. The program will highlight St. Vincent medical staff and focus on the health topic screening, event or promotion for that month.

Making Men’s Health a Priority: Free Men’s Health Risk Assessments

For too many men, a visit to the doctor’s office is anything but an ordinary occurrence. In fact, women are considerably more likely than their male counterparts to visit a physician’s office for preventive services. A survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians notes that nearly 30% of men wait “as long as possible” to see if they get better before seeking medical care or advice.

Instead of delaying treatment or skipping treatment, men should follow the lead of the women in their lives by seeking regular preventive care.

This is particularly true given that heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death among men in the United States; in both cases, successful treatment depends on early detection and intervention.

Heart disease, the leading cause of death for men, was responsible for 321,000 deaths among men in 2013—that’s 1 in every 4 male deaths. Meanwhile, the most commonly diagnosed cancers among men include cancers of the prostate, lung, colon and rectum, and bladder.

The good news is that proper preventive care can save lives.

If you’re a man over the age of 35 who hasn’t seen a physician recently, consider scheduling an appointment for a free men’s health risk assessment. A St. Vincent medical professional will take your blood pressure, check your blood glucose levels, and speak with you about any risk factors you may have.
Sometimes, a simple conversation can help chart a path for a healthier you.