National Men’s Health Week is June 15-21
|Tuesday, 02 June 2009|
Men have a higher death rate than women from the top 10 overall causes of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, men account for 93 percent of all workplace fatalities – many caused by vehicle accidents. National Men’s Health Week, June 15-21, was created to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
First established in 1994 by a bill passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton, National Men’s Health Week is observed each year during the week ending on Fathers’ Day. The week is organized by the Men’s Health Network, an organization committed to improving health and wellness in men. Anchored by a large health education and screening program in Congress, National Men’s Health Week is observed across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.
The leading cause of death in men – and firefighters – is heart attack, which accounts for 27 percent of all male deaths, according to the CDC. In addition, the second-leading cause of firefighter deaths is vehicle accidents. Firefighters and their family members can take action now to adopt a healthy lifestyle, reduce their risk of heart disease and other illnesses and injury, and increase their life expectancy. The National Volunteer Fire Council’s Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program provides resources, information, and tools to help first responders – both male and female – eat right, get fit, stay safe on the road, and enjoy a long and healthy life.