Monthly Archives: June 2017

June is Men’s Health Month

Men's Health Month

We all know that men visit their doctor less often than women, but did you know that, according to a 2014 survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are 50% less likely than women to have visited a doctor during the course of a two-year period. Additionally, men are three times more likely to admit going five years without a visit and twice as likely to admit that, as an adult, they had never seen a doctor or health professional. The result? While a number of factors are probably involved—men tend to take a greater number of risks, and have more dangerous professions than women—women on average, live seven years longer than men and are less likely to die from eight of the top ten causes of death in the U.S.

With statistics like these in mind, President Bill Clinton signed a bill in 1994 recognizing the third week in June as National Men’s Health Week. Celebrating men’s health throughout the month of June quickly followed suit. The goal of Men’s Health Month is to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among me and boys.” Men’s Health Month also presents many groups and organizations, such as health care providers, public policy makers, the media, corporations and individuals, with the opportunity to urge both men and boys to obtain regular medical advice and early treatment for diseases and injuries.

Awareness – Prevention – Education – Family

It is always important to be aware of the lifestyle choices we make and the way those choices impact the quality of our lives long term. Raising awareness means…

  • Consciously making healthy lifestyle choices that positively affect the foods you eat and the amount of daily exercise you get.
  • Scheduling regular annual visits with your doctor or primary care professional. Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with regular checkups and screenings.
  • Educating yourself about the diseases that disproportionately affect men—diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Starting basic healthcare conversations with your friends and family and discussing the health issues that you encounter.

Wear BLUE

This year, Wear BLUE Day is Friday, June 16. Wear BLUE Day was created by the Men’s Health Network with the twin goals of raising awareness about men’s need to seek regular check-ups and of raising money for education about diseases such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer and the other health issues that primarily affect men. “Wear BLUE Day is celebrated by private corporations, government agencies, sports teams, and individuals to show their concern for the health and wellbeing of boys and men.

For more access to men’s health resources or for more information on Wear BLUE, National Men’s Health Week and National Men’s Health Month, please visit: www.menshealthmonth.org or the Men’s Health Network at: www.menshealthnetwork.org.

Dr. Phil Arnold Returns to Door County Medical Center

Dr. Phil Arnold

Dr. Phil Arnold

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Philip Arnold, DO, will be returning to Door County Medical Center and rejoining the Family Medicine team at our Sturgeon Bay clinic starting June 13, 2017. For the past year and a half, Dr. Arnold has practiced at the PolyClinic in Seattle, WA. Prior to his time in Seattle, Dr. Arnold spent nearly a decade at Door County Medical Center’s Fish Creek clinic as an attending physician and, since 2006, as director of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Arnold brings his extensive experience in primary care and sports medicine back to the community with specialties that include preventative care, pediatrics, injuries, concussion management and minor procedures. He received his medical education at Des Moines University, completed his family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics.

In addition to his work as an attending physician, Dr. Arnold has been a medical pool physician for the United States Ski Team since 2008 and has traveled the world providing medical coverage for the team. Now, he looks forward to returning to the sidelines of Door County’s own sporting events­—including high school athletics and running and biking events—and providing the same high quality of care to the teams and athletes in our area.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Arnold back as a primary care physician, sports medicine expert and member of our team,” says Jodi Hibbard, director of clinic operations at DCMC. “His unique blend of sports medicine experience and family care is a perfect fit for our community.”