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Governor Bentley declares Alabama Men's Health Week

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Governor Robert Bentley has issued a proclamation that the week that ends on Father's Day, June 9-15, to be Alabama Men's Health Week.

This is in a national effort to not only celebrate fatherhood, but to promote health education among men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, medical screenings, and living healthy lifestyles.

This year is the 20th Anniversary of Men's Health week. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson, and was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

The life expectancy of men in Alabama is about six years fewer than that of women. According to the National Center of Health Statistics, men also have higher rates of death from cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventative services than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We applaud Governor Bentley for helping raise awareness of the health issues facing men and their families by declaring June 9-15 Men's Health Week in the state of Alabama," said Ana Fadich, Men's Health Network (MHN) Vice President. "Men's health is truly a family issue, impacting not only men but also the women in their lives. We hope that by promoting the health and well-being of men and boys around Father's Day, they will take action and set a doctor's appointment in June."

MHN encourages health care professionals, private industry, faith-based organizations, community groups, and other interested organizations to plan activities and events that focus on men's health during the week of June 9-15.

For more information visit www.menshealthmonth.org

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