June is Men's Health Month and June 10-16 is Men's Health Week, appropriately chosen around Father's Day to encourage men to take care of their health.
Governors of the states declare Men's Health Week in their states.
Men's Health Network (MHN) hosts the annual Congressional Men's Health event in Washington, DC. Partners for this event have included the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center, the Oncology Nursing Society; GW Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research, Office of Women's Health, and many, many others.
The Rotary Medical Fellowship and Men's Health Network partner to produce men's health brochures for worldwide use.
John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Men's Health Network team up to promote Meatless Monday, a national health campaign to help Americans prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer - four of the leading causes of death in America.
MHN teams with the National Institute of Mental Health to raise awareness about the issue of depression among men and boys.
So why the emphasis on men's health?
Well, call it an effort to raise awareness about men's health issues - among men.
For whatever reason, often it isn't considered "manly" to complain about one's health. Only when it's too late do many men realize they should have taken better care of their health earlier.
Often, it's a matter of lifestyle - diet, exercise, reducing stress, avoiding excess alcohol consumption and avoiding tobacco are all lifestyle choices men can make to life longer and healthier lives.
So, men, let's think about those choices.
And here's to your health.