WHEREAS, despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of five years less than women, with African American men having the lowest life expectancy; 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 reduced 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 screening; 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;
WHEREAS, Men’s Health Week will highlight a broad range of men’s health issues including heart disease, diabetes, prostate, testicular and colon cancer; and,
WHEREAS, citizens of Michigan are encouraged to increase their 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 15 – 21, 2015 as Men’s Health Week in Michigan.