WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- June is Men's Health Month and individuals, organizations and government agencies across the country and around the globe are joining Men's Health Network (MHN) in celebration. Men's Health Month highlights the need for greater awareness and attention of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men, boys, and their families.
The month reaches its height in National Men's Health Week, a special awareness period recognized by Congress each year, and signed into law by President Clinton in 1994. Men's Health Week will be June 13-19, ending on Father's Day. Governors, too, will 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, which help ensure a healthier future for men and their families. For a partial listing of events, visit: www.menshealthmonth.org/calendar
"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.
An easy way to raise awareness in your own community is to host a Wear BLUE Day, this program was designed by Men's Health Network 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
"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
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 gout, low testosterone, smoking cessation, sleep disorders, cardiovascular health, and prostate health.
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