June is Men’s Health Month , celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The centerpiece of this observance is National Men’s Health Week, a recognition event proposed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994. This year, National Men’s Health Week begins June 11th and ends on Fathers’ Day, June 17th.
Men’s Health Network (MHN) is a national 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.
MHN’s goals are to save men’s lives by reducing premature mortality of men and boy, to foster health care education and services that encourage men of all ages to implement positive lifestyles for themselves and their families, to increase the physical and mental health of men so that they can live fuller and happier lives, to significantly reduce the cycles of violence and addiction that afflict so many men, to energize government involvement in men’s health activities so that existing government health networks can be utilized to increase the health and well-being of men and boys and to encourage women to expand on their traditional role as the family’s health care leader and activist for enhancement of health care services.
MHN’s research indicates that some of the reasons men are less healthy than women are because men:
- Die younger – and in greater numbers – of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and many other diseases.
- Don’t take care of themselves as well as women do.
- Are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior.
- Don’t seek medical attention when they need it.
- Are less likely than women to adopt preventive health measures.
- Are less likely to have health insurance.
- Are more likely to work in dangerous occupations.
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