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It's Our Time to Focus On Living

We’ve given our all; we’ve raised great kids and shaped careers. But now, it’s our time — our time to travel the world, learn something new and put our health first. It’s an accountability thing, visiting our doctor regularly and helping each other manage our cholesterol, heart disease and weight. Taking care of our health together can make the next chapter in our lives bigger, better and, above all, healthier.

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A Healthy Future

view our videoWorking in construction is risky business — something Rahn Pederson respects. Because the dangers are great, he takes careful consideration to stay safe on the job.

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75 Isn’t Old Anymore

Doreen Soma knittingGrowing up near Beresford, S.D., Dorene Soma had no worries about her health. As a farm girl and school cheerleader, the fresh air and exercise kept her body strong.

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Choosing Fruit Over Fried

John in scrubsLike most adults, 51-year-old John Srstka is always on the go with family and work. The hustle and bustle didn’t leave much time for him to focus on eating right or exercising.

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Compatible Couple, Compatible Care

Doreen Soma knittingIn 2002, Roger and Jan Gilbert met online. They went on only a few dates before deciding they were meant for each other, and a year later, they married.

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Additional Education and Resources

Men's Health Prevention

Stay Healthy

Here’s a breakdown of what types of care men need at any age.

Age 18-39

Blood Pressure Screening

  • Every two years

Cholesterol Screening

  • Every five years
  • Especially men over 34


  • Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years

Testicular Exam

  • Monthly self-exam

Age 40-65

Blood Pressure Screening

  • Every two years

Cholesterol Screening

  • Men over 34 should be checked every five years

Colon Cancer Screening

  • Every 10 years between age 50 and 80


  • Flu vaccine every year after the age of 50
  • Tetanus-diphtheria vaccine every 10 years

Physical Exam

  • Every one to five years

Prostate Exam

  • Over 50 — should consider screenings
  • If you have a family history of prostate cancer, begin screenings at age 45

Osteoporosis Screening

  • Age 50-70 should discuss getting screened with their doctor

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Ages 65-75 who have smoked — have an ultrasound done once to screen for abdominal aneurysms

Top 10 Reasons for Men to See a Doctor

10. You’ve barely started the first quarter but it already feels like overtime.

Fatigue can be an indicator of everything from cancer and congestive heart failure to diabetes, anemia, arthritis, and kidney or liver disease.

9. You spun because you thought you were avoiding the tackle; but your uniform isn’t even on.

Dizziness is caused when there isn’t enough blood reaching the brain. Possible causes include dehydration, allergies, high blood sugar, heart disease or stroke.

8. You drank eight cups of sports drink in the first half… but the coach hasn’t put you in the game yet.

Excessive thirst is a main symptom of high blood sugar, indicating diabetes. Other possible causes include severe infection or failure of the heart, liver or kidneys.

7. Fresh out of the huddle and you can’t remember the next play?

Memory loss
Forgetfulness increases as you age. Ongoing and unusual memory loss can mean something else needs to be addressed, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression or stroke.

6. Your game is lacking both on and off the field.

Erectile dysfunction
Diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and multiple sclerosis can all cause erectile dysfunction.

Additional topics: erection problems, drugs that may cause impotence, sexual dysfunction

5. You’re known more for the number of times you are blindsided than the number on your jersey.

Vision loss
Blurry vision, blind sports and tunnel vision can be caused by eye diseases or be a sign of stroke.

4. Your head is shinier than a new football helmet.

Hair loss
You might think it’s just part of life, but hair loss also can mean you’re at risk for things such as lupus, thyroid disease or ringworm.

3. Do you get winded after your workout… and by workout we mean walking to your car?

Shortness of breath can be a serious issue, a signal that you’re having a heart attack or have congestive heart failure. It also is a symptom of lung disease, lung cancer, chronic pulmonary disease, asthma and emphysema.

2. Your urine looks like you added too much ketchup to your hot dog at halftime.

Blood in the urine is a prime symptom of prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate. An infection or stones in the bladder or kidney can also cause blood in the urine.

1. Your heart may be broken, and not because your team lost the big game.

Heart pain
Do not ignore chest pain. In fact, if you’re having chest pain, it’s best to call 911. Chest pain is a symptom of heart attack, angina or a pulmonary embolism. It also can be caused by a stomach ulcer or acid reflux.