An ounce of prevention….

We’ve all heard the old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  The phrase was coined back in 1736 by Benjamin Franklin to remind the people of Philadelphia to be vigilant about fire awareness and prevention. Regardless of the issue we are referring to, prevention is always easier that managing challenges after they have occurred. When it comes to our health and well-being, this adage most definitely rings true.

Every year since 1992, June has been recognized as men’s health month and despite advances in medical research and technology, men continue to live an average of five years less than women do. This may be due in part to the fact that men are less likely than women to receive the recommended preventive screenings. These screenings include blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, cancer screenings, counseling and depression screening, skin cancer screening and regular dental cleanings. Engaging in healthy behaviors and staying up to date with guideline-based preventive care will go a long way in supporting men to stay healthy and live their best lives.

Engaging with your primary care provider (PCP) on a regular basis is the best way to ensure that you are staying up to date with screenings. Research shows that men who have strong relationships with their primary care provider have better health outcomes than those that do not. And…. when it comes to your supporting your financial well-being, preventive screenings are offered at no cost when provided by an in-network provider. Check out the Cigna Preventive Care Guide here. If you have questions about your benefits, you may reach out to the following resources:

  • Cigna One Guide at 888-806-5042
  • Your GMHEC Benefits team at 802-443-5485 or

If you have not seen your PCP in a while, now is the time to pick up the phone and make that call.