Hocog declares Men’s Health Week

In observance of the week ending on Father’s Day, acting governor Victor Hocog is encouraging all men in the CNMI to become more aware of their health needs. He proclaimed June 13 to 19 was declared Men’s Health Week.

Men’s Health Week began in 1994 after the U.S. Congress passed Bob Dole’s bill and was signed by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994.

“This week is a time for the public to recognize the health needs of men and boys. Increasing the awareness of men’s health is an extremely important issue not just for men, but also for women and families,” said Hocog.

“Preventing health problems and early detection can improve our nation’s health, save on healthcare expenses, and promote healthier families,” he added.

Men’s Health Week is recognized nationwide because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters and the family as a whole.

Hocog said fathers who maintain a healthy lifestyle are role models for their children and have happier and healthier families.

The CNMI Men’s Health Week will focus on a broad range of men’s health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, mental health, and prostate, testicular, and colon cancer.

“All CNMI men are encouraged to increase their awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, get regular exercise, and medical checkups,” he said.

Everyone that will be participating in the weeklong men’s health event next week are encouraged to wear blue.

To show your support, add the Office of the Press Secretary on Facebook and post a photo of important men in your life wearing blue.

For more information, log onto www.menshealthweek.org or www.wearblueformenshealth.com.

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