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WHEREAS, Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to educate about a broad range of men’s health issues, including cancer, heart disease, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, diabetes, and substance abuse; and
WHEREAS, despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of five years less than women, with Native American and African American men having the lowest life expectancy; and
WHEREAS, by educating health care providers and the public about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and early detection of male health problems, the Commonwealth of Virginia can significantly reduce the rates of mortality from certain diseases; and
WHEREAS, heightening the awareness of preventable health problems and increasing early detection and treatment of disease would significantly improve our nation’s health; and
WHEREAS, men who are educated about the value of preventative health will be more likely to participate in health screenings, decreased high-risk behaviors, and lead healthier and prolonged lives; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia encourages all men to maintain healthy lifestyles by exercising and taking part in regular preventative health screenings;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 2021 as MEN’S HEALTH MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.