June 2017: Men's Health Month

WHEREAS, despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of five years less than women; and,

WHEREAS, educating the public and health care providers about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and early detection of male health problems will result in reducing rates of mortality from disease; and,

WHEREAS, men who are educated about the value of preventative health will be more likely to participate in health screenings; and,

WHEREAS, fathers who maintain a healthy lifestyle serve as role models for their children and have happier, healthier children as a result; and,

WHEREAS, Men’s Health Network worked with Congress to develop National Men’s Health Week as a special campaign to help educate men and their families about the importance of positive health attitudes and preventative health practices; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan Men’s Health Month will focus on a broad range of men’s health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, mental health, prostate, testicular, and colon cancer; and,

WHEREAS, the Men’s Health Week web site has been established at www.MensHealthWeek.org and features resources, proclamations, and information about awareness events and activities, including Wear Blue for Men’s Health; and,

WHEREAS, the residents of this state are encouraged to increase awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and medical check-ups;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as Men’s Health Month in Michigan.