Men’s Health Month Encourages Men and Boys to Take Charge of their Health

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Together We Can Reduce the Number of Preventable Deaths and Injuries

men's health month, men's health weekWASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — June is Men’s Health Month, and groups across the country are joining Men’s Health Network in celebrating this special awareness period. The goal of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the public’s awareness of the many preventable health problems that affect men and boys.

Communities across the country celebrate Men’s Health Month by organizing screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities throughout the month of June.

“These efforts reach men where they live, work, play, and pray,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President of Men’s Health Network, which organizes Men’s Heath Month events nationwide. “They’re a great way for healthcare providers, policy makers, the media, and individuals to educate men, their families, and the public on a wide range of men’s health issues, including cancers, hypogonadism, cardiovascular problems, sexual and mental health concerns.”

The highlight of Men’s Health Month this year is the 20th Anniversary of National Men’s Health Week(NMHW), which is the week ending on Father’s Day, June 15, 2014. NMHW was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1994. Additional support comes from governors and mayors who declare Men’s Health Week in their states and cities.

“Men notice when their car doesn’t perform properly, but they don’t always listen when their body tells them it’s time to see a doctor,” says Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni, science advisor to MHN. “Men’s Health Month is a call to action for all men and their families to take ownership of their health and well-being. All dads out there should use Father’s Day as a reminder of how much their family needs them, and how important it is for them to take care of themselves.”

We thank our 2014 Men’s Health Month sponsors which include AbbVie and Pfizer Inc. for their continued support of education.

To learn more, go to www.menshealthmonth.org.

About Men’s Health Network

Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are organized by Men’s Health Network (MHN), a national non-profit organization committed to improving the health and wellness of men and their families 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 and facebook.com/menshealthnetwork

Important Webinar on American Indian and Alaska Native Male Health: June 13, 2013 at 1pm Eastern

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Don’t miss this important webinar on American Indian and Alaska Native Male Health, June 13, 2013, 1pm Eastern. Login details below.  

Partnering for Wellness:
Charting a Course to Hope, Healing, and Health for Native Males and Their Families

american indian and alaska native male health issuesWashington, D.C. – Men’s Health Network (MHN) along with the Indian Health Service (IHS) and other partners will be hosting a webinar, Partnering for Wellness: Charting a Course to Hope, Healing, and Health for Native Males and Their Families, on June 13th, at 1:00 p.m. EST. This is the first in what is planned to be a six-part series of webinars seeking to raise awareness of the health disparities facing American Indian and Alaska Native males and their families, recently highlighted in a report entitled: A Vision of Wellness and Health Equity for American Indian and Alaska Native Boys and Men distributed by MHN. The webinar will both explore current challenges and highlight promising practices currently underway in communities.

WHAT: Men’s Health Network (MHN), Indian Health Service (IHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), to host Partnering for Wellness: Charting a Course to Hope, Healing, and Health for Native Males and Their Families webinar

WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 1:00 p.m. EST (log in 10 minutes beforehand)

To join the live event (Pre-registration is not required):
Go to http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/r77im31j7f9/
Enter your name
Enter the Room Passcode: ihs123

WEBINAR PANELISTS: Dr. Susan Karol, Chief Medical Officer, IHS, will present opening remarks; Ana Fadich, Vice President, MHN will introduce MHN; Mose Herne, Director, Division of Planning, Evaluation and Research, IHS, will present an overview and current state of the problem; Rod Robinson, Director, Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse, SAMHSA, will highlight the public and private partnerships of alcohol and substance abuse; and Rick Haverkate, Senior Project Analyst in the OMH Resource Center (OMHRC), will address the consequence of continued neglect, gaps in data and research, and opportunities for building a collaborative network to achieve Native male health equity.

WHY: AI/AN males experience death rates 200 to 500 percent greater than AI/AN females for suicide, HIV/AIDS, homicide, unintentional injuries, diabetes, firearm injury, and alcohol-related deaths and 10 to 50 percent higher than AI/AN females from cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. The AI/ANs are the only racial/ethnic group in which males experience higher levels of self-reported psychological distress than females. To date, these disparities are not widely acknowledged and subsequently, AI/AN male-focused interventions have rarely been attempted.

The next webinar in the series will focus on youth-focused interventions. Tentative speakers include: Larke Huang, Senior Advisor in the Administrator’s Office of Policy Planning and Innovation at SAMHSA; Brian Yassie, National Director of Native American Services; Jeremy Red Eagle, Youth Council Coordinator, Helena Indian Alliance Youth Outreach; Keola Chan, Aha Kane Honolulu; Erin Bailey, Director of the Center for Native American Youth, The Aspen Institute; Sen. Bryan Dorgan, former U.S. Senator from North Dakota.

It’s The Season To Be Healthy Especially For Men

There are celebrations for anything and everything these days like ‘National Dance Like A Chicken Day’ and ‘Lost Sock Memorial Day’. All we need is an excuse to celebrate! So how about channeling our efforts on celebrating something that is meaningful and otherwise largely ignored? June is the season for Men; it is Men’s Health [...]

Zer0 cost men’s health screenings available at Sam’s Clubs on June 9

Men’s Health Month starts tomorrow. And to help celebrate, Sam’s Clubs are providing no-cost men’s health screenings at all their pharmacy locations. Screens include PSA, blood pressure, and BMI and will be offered from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, June 9.

There isn’t a Sam’s Club within 100 miles of here so I’ll be getting those potentially life-saving screens done elsewhere. But if there’s a store near you, take advantages of this offer.

The complete press release from Sam’s is here.