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WHEREAS, despite advances in medical technology and research, men are still expected to live, on average, five years less than women; and
WHEREAS, educating the public and health care providers about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and early detection will result in reducing rates of mortality from disease; and
WHEREAS, men who are educated about the value of preventative health will be more likely to participate in health screening; and
WHEREAS, fathers who maintain a healthy lifestyle are role models for their children and have happy, healthy children; and
WHEREAS, it is crucial that men across the Commonwealth are knowledgeable about preventive health practices and are fully equipped to make informed decisions about nutrition, exercise, and regular health screenings; and
WHEREAS, in 1994, Men’s Health Network partnered with Congress to develop National Men’s Health Week as a campaign to educate men and their families about the importance of positive health attitudes and preventive health practices; and
WHEREAS, the Men’s Health Week web site has been established at www.MensHealthWeek.org and features resources, proclamations, and information about awareness events and activities, including Wear Blue for Men’s Health; and
WHEREAS, Men’s Health Week is an opportunity to encourage men throughout the Commonwealth to increase their awareness of healthy living through regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and consistent medical screenings;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 2018 as MEN’S HEALTH MONTH and June 11-17, 2018, as MEN’S HEALTH WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.