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National Mens Health Week is June 14-20

National Mens Health Week is June 14-20

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

The leading cause of death in men – and firefighters – is heart attack, which accounts for 27 percent of all male deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Men have a higher death rate than women from all of the top 10 overall causes of death. Male firefighters and the male family members of firefighters can take action during National Men’s Health Week, June 14-20, to adopt a healthy lifestyle, reduce their risk of heart and other diseases, and increase their life expectancy.

National Men’s Health Week, observed each year in the week leading up to Fathers’ Day, was created to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. National Men’s Health Week was first established in 1994 by a bill passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. 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 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, and enjoy a long and healthy life. Learn more about heart-health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program.

Find out more about National Men’s Health Week. For more information about men’s health, visit www.cdc.gov/features/healthymen.

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