WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- June is Men's Health Month and groups across the country and around the globe are joining Men's Health Network (MHN) in celebration of this awareness period. The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
The month is anchored by National Men's Health Week, June 14-20, the week ending on Father's Day, a special awareness period recognized by Congress each year, and signed into law by President Clinton in 1994. Additional support comes from governors as they declare Men's Health Week in their states.
Men's Health Month is celebrated with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. These events help ensure a healthier future for men and their families. For a partial listing of events, visit: http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/calendar.htm
"Men's Health Network is launching programs during Men's Health Month that empower and equip men with actionable information and resources that can make a difference in their health and that of their families," states Scott Williams, Vice President for MHN.
Men's Health Network has developed a Wear BLUE program, designed to raise awareness and educate men, women, and their families of the need to end the silent crisis in men's health. Workplaces, community groups, places of worship, and others are encouraged to host a Wear BLUE event in their community. Information, tools, and resources can be found at www.wearblueformen.com
Health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals can use Men's Health Month and the Wear BLUE program to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease. In celebration of Men's Health Month, MHN is launching a number of larger awareness campaigns including ones focused on fertility, bladder cancer, uninsured issues, gout, smoking cessation, drug safety, cardiovascular health, public service announcements, and prostate health.
"Awareness periods like this help end the silence surrounding men's health and make it OK for men and boys to talk and take action about their health, including engaging in discussions about prostate cancer," shared Theresa Morrow, Program Director for Women Against Prostate Cancer (www.womenagainstprostatecancer.org).
"One group of men that's often overlooked is deployed military fathers," says Armin Brott, a MHN advisor and the author of The Military Father: A Hands-on-Guide for Deployed Dads. "Helping these dads maintain strong relationships with their family while they're away is critical to their mental and physical health. And MHN has a number of resources designed to help military families stay connected."
Men's Health Network (www.menshealthnetwork.org) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.
SOURCE Men's Health Network