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WHEREAS, despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of five fewer years than women with Native American and African-American men having the lowest life expectancy; 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 preventive 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 a national men’s health awareness period as a campaign to educate men, boys, 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 (www.menshealthnetwork.org/wearblue/); and
WHEREAS, Men’s Health Week will focus on a broad range of men's health issues in the Commonwealth, including heart disease, mental health, diabetes, and prostate, testicular and colon cancer;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 2019 as MEN’S HEALTH MONTH and June 10-16, 2019, as MEN’S HEALTH WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.