Governor Steve Beshear has issued a proclamation declaring the week that ends on Father’s Day, June 9-15, 2014, as Kentucky Men’s Health Week. This important awareness period is part of a national effort to celebrate fatherhood while helping to educate men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, medical screenings, and living healthy lifestyles.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of National Men’s Health Week. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson and was signed by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994.
In Kentucky, the life expectancy for men is five years fewer than for women. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, men also have higher rates of death from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports women nationwide are 100 percent more likely to visit their doctor for annual exams and preventative services than men.
“Men’s Health Week in June is a great reminder about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and medical checkups,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “I encourage all Kentuckians to pursue preventive practices such as health screenings, which can lead to early detection of health problems and lower death rates from disease. Helping to improve the health of Kentuckians has been a mission of my administration, which is why we launched kyhealthnow in February as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce incidence of disease and deaths related to Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits.”
“We applaud Governor Beshear for helping raise awareness of the health issues facing men and their families by declaring June 9-15 Men’s Health Week in Kentucky,” said Ana Fadich, Men’s Health Network (MHN) Vice President. “Men’s health is truly a family issue, impacting not only men but also the women in their lives. We hope that by promoting the health and well-being of men and boys around Father’s Day, they will take action and set a doctor’s appointment in June.”
In preparation for Kentucky Men’s Health Week, MHN encourages health care professionals, private industry, faith-based organizations, community groups, and other interested organizations and individuals to plan activities and events which focus on men’s health during the week of June 9-15. For ideas and open resources in both English and Spanish, visit www.menshealthmonth.org
Men’s Health Week is organized by Men’s Health Network (MHN), 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. Learn more about MHN at www.menshealthnetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork.