Men’s health takes centre stage
Jamaican men were recently challenged to ‘ready up’. The call to action came from NCB Insurance as part of the ProCare Men’s Health Week during February 21-25, geared at encouraging men to be more proactive about their health and planning for life.
Staged in association with Jamaica Urological Society, Heart Foundation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society, and Doctor’s Appointment TV show, Roland Henry, senior marketing officer, NCB Group noted the importance of this third instalment as a useful tool in the group’s engagement of the public.
“In previous roll-outs, we recognised a need for an event of this nature and thought it prudent to build on something that really fills a gap. The public was welcoming of the initiative and found great value in the information shared by our participating panel of medical practitioners. It is also important to us, an institution, to ensure that those we serve, our men especially, are aware of the power they have to control the quality of life they lead, as well as the kind of assistance we offer through our health insurance products.”
Beginning with branch activities, NCB hosted seminars on the lawns of the Atrium and at its Mandeville location on Perth Road. Here sessions began with exercise led by Express Fitness before presentations from consultant physicians on stroke, heart disease, and erectile dysfunction, plus sex and wellness presentations by therapist Rev Dr Carla Dunbar. Attendees also had access to free health checks including cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, electrocardiogram (ECG), and body mass index (BMI). A general motif of awareness and urgency in seeking medical assistance, importance of proper nutrition and exercise, plus knowing one’s family medical history was emphasised.
The highlight of the week, however, was the ProCare Men’s Week Family and Wellness Day, which served as the culminating event, offering non-stop activities. Held Saturday at Devon House, the day began with a blood-pumping workout session led by Steve Ming from Spartan Health Club as attendees moved to chart-topping tunes spun by DJ Narity. The reins were then taken over by Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley and co-host Anntonette Cowan Palmer, regional manager of NCB Insurance Company Limited (NCBIC). The duo kept the energy climbing as they ushered persons through a number of interactive sessions hosted by leading medical practitioners in cardiology, oncology, sexology and urology.
While they learned, attendees also visited the many tents lining the front lawns, taking advantage of free health checks by partner organisations. They were also treated to live cooking demonstration with Jason Delvaille Gastronomie, a variety of games and gimmicks at the Obstacle Challenge Village, the Omni Educator Kiddies Village, and won prizes with Doctor’s Appointment.
The following tips were impressed upon the audience by presenters during the NCB ProCare Men’s Health Week:
1. ‘Time is brain’ when dealing with a stroke. Rush to the nearest hospital if a stroke is suspected. Immediate response to a stroke decreases the likelihood of permanent damages.
2. Do not ignore diagnoses of hypertension, high blood sugar and cholesterol, as these can become life-threatening.
3. Be open with your doctor. Discuss concerns about prescribed medication and side effects experienced. There are likely other options that can be prescribed.
4. Regular check-ups are best practice. It is recommended that men between ages 35 - 40 should get checked for prostate cancer.
5. Do not wait until you experience symptoms to visit the doctor. Symptoms may mean an illness is potentially untreatable, especially in cases of cancer. Seek expert opinion on all adverse changes in the body. Home remedies are not enough.
6. Erectile dysfunction is treatable. Seek medical help.
7. Know your family history. Health conditions that are common in families can indicate what you may be vulnerable to developing later.
8. Have open dialogue and facilitate adventure between you and your partner in the bedroom.
9. A good health insurance coverage can be the difference between survival and a death sentence.