Mayors Martinez, Parker, Cluck, and Johnson Declare June 15-21, 2015 as Men’s Health Week in Brownsville, Houston, Arlington, and Port Neches
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 6/22/2015, 12:40 p.m.
(Washington, DC) – Mayors Martinez, Parker, Cluck,and Johnson joined the cause of promoting healthy families by issuing proclamations designating the week leading up to and including Father’s Day, as Men’s Health Week in the Texas cities of Brownsville, Houton, Arlington, and Port Neches. This special awareness period is part of a national effort to help educate men, boys, and their families about receiving regular disease prevention screenings and living healthy lifestyles.
On average, life expectancy nationwide for men is five years fewer than that of women, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) men experience higher rates of health problems such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease deaths. However, the CDC reports that women are 100 percent more likely to visit their doctor for regular preventative screenings than men. Life expectancy data can be viewed here and the top causes of death can be found here.
The State of Men’s Health report for Texas can be found here.
“Brownsville has made great strides toward becoming a healthier city, and more and more of our residents are joining this effort every day. Our health greatly impacts our individual quality of life, and that of our children. Brownsville’s Health Week is an opportunity for each of us to set an example for our families,” said Mayor Tony Martinez
“Men between the ages of 14 and 55 without access to medical care can take advantage of the Men’s Health Services program within our Houston Department of Health and Human Services,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “They can easily get screened for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, sexually-transmitted infections and colorectal, prostate and testicular cancers and obtain important health education and counseling.” Those interested in the services can call the health department’s appointment line at 832-393-5427. Men’s Health Week Houston is a great opportunity to get the word out to the public.
“It’s important that that Arlington residents know the significance of having a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and medical checkups,” said Mayor Robert N. Cluck, M.D. “We hope that by raising awareness to the health and wellbeing of men and boys around Father’s Day, they will be more likely to take action and set a doctor’s appointment in June. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”
“The City of Port Neches recognizes the importance of men’s health and wellness for their families and our community. We, therefore, encourage men of all ages to be aware of health issues and to understand the importance of healthy lifestyles and preventative care,” said Mayor Glenn Johnson.
In preparation for Men’s Health Week in the Cities of Brownsville, Houston, Arlington, and Port Neches; Men’s Health Network (MHN) encourages health care professionals, private industry, faith-based organizations, community groups, and all other interested organizations and individual citizens, to organize and plan for activities and events, which will focus on men’s health during the week of June 15-21. For ideas and open resources in both English and Spanish, visit www.menshealthmonth.org