EVERY JUNE, Men’s Health Month is emphasized across the country with screenings, health fairs, and educational events. These efforts are to help ensure that every male, from boyhood to retirement years, is enlightened about some of the health risks that affect more men than women. Some of these health risks are life-threatening dangers, but the good news is, in many cases they can be prevented … and that is exactly why we address some of these concerns in this edition of Central Florida Health News.
There are so many preventable health problems that affect men of all ages. Without encouraging and supporting the men in our lives to seek regular medical advice and early detection (as well as treatment) of preventable diseases, we are fostering a lifestyle that does not promote the best quality of life.
As physicians of the Polk County Medical Association, we are proud to bring you the Men’s Health Edition. Inside this issue, you will read about some ways to live a healthier lifestyle, plus you’ll find some valuable safety reminders for swimming and fishing — some of our favorite pastimes as Florida residents. Whether you’re a man or woman, however, we hope this edition inspires you to take the best possible care of yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices.
On a side note, we would like you to mark your calendars and RSVP for an event you don’t want to miss. Our Fifth Annual Casino Night fundraiser is coming up Saturday, Oct. 24. The event will be hosted by Fields Motorcars Mercedes Benz, 4141 N. Florida Ave. in Lakeland. Entertainment for the evening will include casino table games (played with fake currency, of course), as well as a silent auction, music, food, drinks, and more! The proceeds from this event go directly toward We Care of Polk County and the Polk County Medical Foundation. For more information about tickets or how you could become a partnering sponsor, please call Jackie Courtney in our office at (863) 644-4051.
ARVIND B. SONI, MD
Director of Radiation Oncology
St. Joseph’s Hospital, BayCare Health System
President, Polk County Medical Association