June 2019: Men's Health Month

WHEREAS, despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of five years less than women, with Native American and 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 reducing rates of mortality from disease; and,

WHEREAS, men who are educated about the value of preventive health in prolonging their lifespan and their role as productive family members will be more likely to participate in health screenings; and,

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

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

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

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

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2019 as Men’s Health Month in Michigan and encourage all our citizens to pursue preventative health practices and early detection efforts.