National Men’s Health Week ( is a special awareness period first recognized by Congress in 1994 and celebrated around the globe since 2002. The goal is to educate men, boys, and those who love them about preventable health problems and to encourage them to get more actively involved in their own health care. Early detection and treatment save lives. Men’s Health Week is always the week that ends on Father’s Day. This year, it’s June 10-16.

“We invite all men to take advantage of the many health screenings and other health directed activities, that are taking place in their communities during the National Men’s Health Week – if not for their own sake, then out of love and caring for their families,” said Ana Fadich, MHN Vice President. “Healthier men lead to stronger and happier families.”

Men’s Health Week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

Additional support for this awareness period comes from the governors and mayors who declare Men’s Health Week in their states and cities. Copies of proclamations from Governors and Mayors can be found at

“A visit to a physician is for many men almost a religious experience,” said David M. Parrack, D.O., FACOS, Men’s Health Network Advisor / Chair of Surgery & Anesthesia Midwestern University Glendale Arizona. “Pride and fear keep them silent about their health issues until they are suddenly faced with a life-threatening problem. Men’s health education based upon a combination of a healthier life-style related to diet and exercise as well as regular physician visits and preventative treatments will be the secret to effecting major changes in men’s quality of life and long term survival.”

Men’s Health Week is organized by Men’s Health Network (MHN), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and

Source: The Sacramento Bee
July 11, 2013
By Men’s Health Network