Payne, Jr. Introduces Resolution to Support National Men’s Health Week

Jun 18, 2015 Issues: Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), co-chair of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, today introduced a resolution in support of National Men’s Health Week, from June 15 through Father’s Day on June 21. The resolution encourages men to set an example for their families by engaging in preventive health care.

“Too frequently, men ignore warning signs of disease and fail to get routine or emergency medical check-ups,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “I hope we can use this resolution to raise awareness of health issues important to men and to promote proactive health as a foundation of healthy living.”

“Men’s Health Network would like to sincerely thank Congressman Payne, Jr. for introducing this important resolution in recognition of National Men’s Health Week,” said Brandon Leonard, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Men’s Health Network. “Since its original passage by Congress in 1994, this awareness period has served as an opportunity to educate men, boys, and families about the importance of prevention, early detection, and making healthy choices. We are pleased to work with members of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, led by Congressmen Payne, Jr. and Mullin, in spreading this message on the Hill and throughout the nation.”

Men lead in 9 of the top ten causes of death, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and have a lifespan almost 6 years shorter than their female counterparts. While this health crisis is of particular concern to men, it also affects women who care for their fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers.

Men’s health is also a concern for employers who pay the costs of medical care and who lose productive employees, and for federal and state governments that absorb the enormous costs of premature death and disability, including the costs of caring for dependents left behind.

Click here for full text of the resolution.