Men’s Health Week resolution unanimously adopted in House

HARRISBURG, June 14 – A resolution (H.R. 364) sponsored by state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., designating the week of June 12 through June 18, 2017 as Men’s Health Week in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted in the House of Representatives.

The state recognition coincides with international Men’s Health Week and is celebrated the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.

Men’s Health Week seeks to increase awareness of preventable health issues and encourages the early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. Many causes of premature death among men and boys are preventable, or can be treated if caught in the early stages. They include cardiovascular disease, lung and prostate cancers, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and suicide.

“I am glad that my colleagues are taking the issue seriously and have adopted the resolution,” Bullock said. “We need to make sure that men are comfortable discussing their health with their friends just as they are comfortable talking about sports or their job. Hopefully this encourages them to make their health a priority by visiting the doctor more often and undergoing the suggested tests and screenings.”

Women living in the United States have a longer life expectancy rate than men by an average of five years. One contributing factor to this is that women are more likely to visit the doctor than men. A national survey by Cleveland Clinic found that only three out of five men visit a doctor for a yearly routine checkup.

According to the Cleveland Clinic survey, 53 percent of men report that their health is something they do not talk about. They are more likely to discuss current events, sports, their job and money in casual conversations than they are to talk about their health. They are also more likely to report an initial health issue with a spouse, significant other, or parent than they are a doctor.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, getting sufficient sleep, limiting alcohol use and exercising regularly are a few steps men can take to live healthier lifestyles. The CDC has an informational page at https://www.cdc.gov/men/nmhw/index.htm.