The state of Florida, as well as the cities of Boynton Beach, Coral Gables, Fort Myers, Melbourne, Ocala, Tarpon Springs, and West Palm Beach, have issued proclamations celebrating men’s health and fatherhood in June, helping educate men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, timely screenings, healthy lifestyles, and positive family relationships.
The importance of this effort is also highlighted by a statement from the White House each year.
Raising awareness of the need for men and boys to live healthy lifestyles is critical to their wellbeing. The life expectancy for men is five years less than women, and men also have higher rates of death from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. 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.
Dr. Sal Giorgianni, Sr., Science Advisor for Men’s Health Network, underscored the importance of this nationwide initiative saying, “The health of boys and men in any community are directly related to the overall health of that community.” Dr. Giorgianni also recognized the particular appropriateness of the proclamations adding, “Acknowledging the important messages of Men’s Health Month and supporting this celebration of the health of boys and men is a key to improving the health and wellbeing of the whole community.”
“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 Tomsic, MPH, CHES, Vice President, Men’s Health Network. “Communities around the globe are becoming aware of the devastating effect COVID-19 has on men and recognize that this June is the ideal time to encourage them and their loved ones to stay safe and seek early treatment when needed.”
Across the country, hundreds of health care professionals, private corporations, faith-based organizations, community groups, and other interested organizations help plan activities and events that focus on men’s health during June, and throughout the year. On June 19, MHN encourages participation in using the #ShowUsYourBlue hashtag on social media where participants raised awareness about men’s health issues by Wearing BLUE.
Report cards on the status of male health in each state can be found at the State of Men’s Health website. Proclamations from every state be found at www.MensHealthMonth.com