Oh Well!

He Med,
She Med.

One local couple discovers ‘healthy’ is a matter of perspective.

I’m the Wife

I’m 50. How can I be 50?  It’s a new reality when you hit those digits.  Routine physicals, blood work, cholesterol, colonoscopy, mammogram …those have all seemingly become conversations in my daily life. So now that I’ve reached 50 and my husband, 55, our focus on health has become more of a priority. Where would I like to see myself when I’m in my 80s? Sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, sipping lemonade with my husband. This means we must make sure our bodies are prepared to last longer, a lot longer.  However, my husband and I approach our “how to” very differently.

I follow the rules. Annual physicals – check! Annual mammograms -check! OB/GYN (yes, that!) -check! And everything else that comes with “age,” like colonoscopies, hearing, and vision – I’m on it. When my doctor says I need blood work done, I’m scheduling it as I walk out the door.Necessary meds, you better believe those are sent and ready for pickup tomorrow! Exercise? Yes siree. Now let’s be real – many of us have a hard time committing to a gym regularly because of kids, schedules – you know, LIFE. But I always make sure I’m doing my part to fill all those circles on my app! Not just sitting around. I track my steps regularly and feel accomplished when my watch vibrates because I’ve hit goals! I have TWO Monday through Friday daily pill boxes. I do all this, why? Because I want to increase my possibilities to be around for the next 40 years or so. My husband has the same hopes.  However, his approach to getting there isn’t exactly so similar.

“We must make sure our bodies are prepared to last longer.
My husband and I approach our 'how to' very differently.”

Wellness Counts

73.5

Life expectancy for men

SOURCE: cdc.gov

79.3

Life expectancy for women

SOURCE: cdc.gov

230K

men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. It’s the second leading cause of death in men.

SOURCE: cancer.org

44.3%

of women in the U.S. (56+ million) have high blood pressure and are taking blood pressure medicine.

SOURCE: cdc.gov

I’m the husband

I’m 50. How can I be 50?  It’s a new reality when you hit those digits.  Routine physicals, blood work, cholesterol, colonoscopy, mammogram …those have all seemingly become conversations in my daily life. So now that I’ve reached 50 and my husband, 55, our focus on health has become more of a priority. Where would I like to see myself when I’m in my 80s? Sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, sipping lemonade with my husband. This means we must make sure our bodies are prepared to last longer, a lot longer.  However, my husband and I approach our “how to” very differently.

I follow the rules. Annual physicals – check! Annual mammograms -check! OB/GYN (yes, that!) -check! And everything else that comes with “age,” like colonoscopies, hearing, and vision – I’m on it. When my doctor says I need blood work done, I’m scheduling it as I walk out the door.Necessary meds, you better believe those are sent and ready for pickup tomorrow! Exercise? Yes siree. Now let’s be real – many of us have a hard time committing to a gym regularly because of kids, schedules – you know, LIFE. But I always make sure I’m doing my part to fill all those circles on my app! Not just sitting around. I track my steps regularly and feel accomplished when my watch vibrates because I’ve hit goals! I have TWO Monday through Friday daily pill boxes. I do all this, why? Because I want to increase my possibilities to be around for the next 40 years or so. My husband has the same hopes.  However, his approach to getting there isn’t exactly so similar.

"I’m not as good about these health “tasks” like my
wife — she might be a little bossy about it."

Wellness Counts

1 in 3

women’s deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease

45%

of females 20 years and older are living with some form of cardiovascular disease.

52%

of high blood pressure deaths, otherwise known as hypertension or the “silent killer,” are in women.

50%

of women entering pregnancy in the United States have good heart health.

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