Proclamation

By the Governor of Alabama

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, educating the public and health care providers about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and early detection of male health problems will result in reducing rates of mortality from disease; and

WHEREAS, men who are educated about the value that preventive health can play in prolonging their lifespan and their role as productive family members will be more likely to participate in health screenings; and

WHEREAS, the Men’s Health Network worked with Congress to develop a national men’s health awareness period as a special campaign to help educate men, boys and their families about the importance of positive health attitudes and preventative health practices; and

WHEREAS, the Men’s Health Month website has been established at www.MensHealthMonth.org and features resources, proclamations and information about awareness events and activities, including Wear Blue for Men’s Health; and

WHEREAS, Alabama Men’s Health Month will focus on a broad range of men’s health issues, including heart disease, mental health, diabetes, prostate, testicular and colon cancer; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of this state are encouraged to increase awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and medical check-ups:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim June 2017, as                                     

Men’s Health Month

in the State of Alabama and encourage all our citizens to pursue preventative health practices and early detection efforts.

Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 1st day of June 2017.

Kay Ivey

Governor