Men’s Health Month focuses on health disparities affecting men and boys year-round.
VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES , June 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware – Montgomery County and the cities of Hampton, Alexandria, Suffolk, Newport News, Washington, D.C., and Georgetown have issued Men’s Health Month proclamations (June) celebrating men’s health and fatherhood year-round, helping educate men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, timely screenings, healthy lifestyles, and positive family relationships.
Mayor Donnie Tuck, Mayor Justin Wilson, Mayor Michael Duman, Council Member Mark Elrich, Mayor McKinley L. Price, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Mayor William W. West’s proclamations can be found here.
Raising awareness of the need for men and boys to live healthy lifestyles is critical to their wellbeing, even more so with COVID still impacting families and everyday lifestyles. The life expectancy for men is five years less than women (1), and men also have higher rates of death from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (2). Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports women are 100% more likely to visit their doctor for annual exams and preventative services than men (3).
Report cards on the status of male health in each state can be found at the MensHealthReportCard.com Proclamations from cities and states be found at www.MensHealthMonth.com
“Throughout the month of June, we encourage men of all ages in Hampton to look for ways to improve their well-being. We hope everyone from young men to seniors will look for ways to improve their diet, take advantage of the city’s wonderful outdoor resources to get out and exercise, and to learn the importance of regular checkups and screenings for the early detection of preventable diseases,” stated Mayor Donnie Tuck.
“This is a great opportunity to help make everyone aware of health issues that affect men and their families. The Town of Georgetown is issuing a proclamation for Awareness. The month of June will be observed as Men’s Health Awareness Month. The Town encourages residents and visitors to be proactive in maintaining their mental health along with physical health. Let’s live a healthy and long life,” said Mayor William W. West.
“We applaud officials in their states for helping raise awareness of the health issues facing men and their families by recognizing this year’s men’s health awareness period,” said Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES, Vice President, Men’s Health Network. “Communities around the globe continue to promote the health and well-being of men and boys throughout the month of June. We hope this year’s awareness period will help men and their families be more mindful of their health starting with a doctor’s appointment.”
Across the country, hundreds of health care professionals, private corporations, faith-based organizations, community groups, government agencies, and other interested organizations help plan activities and events that focus on men’s health during June, and throughout the year.
June 17, the Friday before Father’s Day, is Wear Blue Day. People all over the world take pictures of themselves and others wearing blue to increase awareness of men’s health and post photos on social media with the #ShowUsYourBlue hashtag. Also, make sure you #WearBlueForMen and don’t forget to tag Men’s Health Network on social media.
For ideas and free resources in both English and Spanish, visit www.MensHealthMonth.org
Men’s Health Month grew out of National Men’s Health Week, which was enacted by Congress. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994.
Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are organized by Men’s Health Network MHN), an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at www.menshealthnetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork. For more information on MHN’s ongoing Dialogue on Men’s Health series, visit www.dialogueonmenshealth.com