Men’s Health Week: A man encourages others to go see a doctor

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WREX (ROCKFORD) — Meet Royce Dixon Sr. and his wife Lisa Dixon. They are both on the plus side of forty. A few years back, Royce noticed that his body was off balance. That’s when he made a trip to the doctors.

“My blood pressure was a little bit high. Kind of borderline diabetic. So they told me you gotta watch what you eat. Do something to keep the stress down or you know, take the blood pressure pills,” said Royce Dixon Sr., a local Northern Illinois resident and Husband of Lisa Dixon.

Up until this point Royce never had too many major health issues, but with the news of high blood pressure and a family history of diabetes, he needed to do something.

“I said, let’s get ‘lets get bikes’ and he said, ‘okay….’, ”  said Lisa Dixon, wife of Royce.

They went bike riding for the first time and completed four miles.

“We were pretty pooped,” said Lisa.

“Whatever I can do to get better health. That’s my plan,” said Royce

His wife says before his health scare, Royce was not running to the doctor.

“I need you to stick around and if you need to see a doctor in order to make sure that you stick around then that’s what we gotta do, said Lisa.

Now, through his message to other men is to lay pride aside.

“You can’t be too prideful to go to the doctor,” said Royce.

While their lifestyle changes have been an adjustment, the couple is more motivated than ever to make the time to improve their health.

“Any thirty minute window that we can get, we’ll take it,” said Lisa.

Kami Simmons

Kami Simmons

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