(WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014) – Governor Mike Beebe has issued a proclamation declaring the week that ends on Father’s Day, June 9-15, 2014, as Arkansas Men’s Health Week. This important awareness period is part of a national effort to celebrate fatherhood while helping to educate men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, medical screenings, and living healthy lifestyles.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of National Men’s Health Week. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson and was signed by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994.
In Arkansas, the life expectancy for men is nearly six years fewer than for women. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, men also have higher rates of death from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports women nationwide are 100 percent more likely to visit their doctor for annual exams and preventative services than men.
“We applaud Governor Beebe for helping raise awareness of the health issues facing men and their families by declaring June 9-15 Men’s Health Week in Arkansas,” said Ana Fadich, Men’s Health Network (MHN) Vice President. “Men’s health is truly a family issue, impacting not only men but also the women in their lives. We hope that by promoting the health and well-being of men and boys around Father’s Day, they will take action and set a doctor’s appointment in June.”
In preparation for Arkansas Men’s Health Week, MHN encourages health care professionals, private industry, faith-based organizations, community groups, and other interested organizations and individuals to plan activities and events which focus on men’s health during the week of June 9-15.