‘Men live 5 years less than women’


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios simultaneously sign two copies of the 2019 Men’s Health Week proclamation yesterday. (Erwin Encinares)

Statistically, men already have shorter lives than women at an average of five years less. That number becomes more sobering in the Commonwealth, where the incidence of non-communicable diseases is high.

This information was the highlight in yesterday’s proclamation signing and the designation of the week of June 10, 2019, to June 16, 2019, as 2019 Men’s Health Week.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres noted that this is the second time for the CNMI to celebrate the week.

Citing the numbers noted in the proclamation, Torres said, “…I think it’s alarming. …It is important for men to take care of their health, especially in the CNMI where non-communicable diseases are really high.”

“[Men predominantly] tend to not prioritize their health, so this proclamation is just to encourage men to bring back the importance of their health,” he added.

Torres signed the proclamation alongside Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios at the governor’s office conference room on Capital Hill.

“…Men are also very critical family units in our community,” Palacios said in a short message after signing the proclamation. “Thank you to all our women who encourages us [to stay healthy] and thank you to our men.”

Men’s Health Week would kick off on Friday, June 7, with a roadside waving at the Atkins Kroll intersection. On June 10, 2019, there would be a health outreach at the governor’s office from 9am to 10am and then a zumba kickoff event at the Garapan Central Park starting 5pm.

On June 11, 2019, there would be another health outreach from 9am to 11am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm at a venue to be announced at a future date. On June 12, 2019, there would be another health outreach at the Department of Public Works from 9am to 11am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm, also at a venue to be announced.

On June 13, 2019, the health outreach would be held at the DPW solid waste facility, while June 14, 2019 is “National Wear Blue Day” to show support for men’s health.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.
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