Reps. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) Introduce Bipartisan National Men’s Health Week Resolution

Jun 13, 2018 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 to recognize National Men’s Health Week from June 11 through Father’s Day on June 17. The bipartisan resolution encourages men to set an example for their families by engaging in preventive health care, something too many men fail to do.

 

“Too many men do not take care of their health. It’s no surprise then, that men die younger and have higher rates of illness than women,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “National Men’s Health Week is upon us, which is a great reason to begin building healthy habits. Too often, men forego routine medical examinations and visits to their doctor. This week is a reminder to men everywhere to take care of their minds and bodies by talking to their doctor.”

 

“Leading a healthy lifestyle should be a top priority for all Americans,” said Men’s Health Caucus Co-chair and co-sponsor of the resolution Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2), “but too often, we overlook our health in the midst of a busy day.  National Men’s Health Week was created by Congress in 1994 to convey the importance of regular health screenings and encourage active lifestyles among all men. An active lifestyle is paramount for living a long, healthy life and I am proud to promote the positive impact of daily exercise during Men’s Health Week."

 

Despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to die at higher rates from nine of the ten leading causes of death. Men also have a have a lifespan five years shorter than women and are half as likely as women to seek preventive care.