For Immediate Release
June 11, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Celebrates National Men's Health Week

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) joins the Men’s Health Network in celebrating National Men’s Health Week June 15-21 to call attention to the importance of men’s health.  Men tend to die about six years younger than women, but by having certain screening tests, taking preventive medicine if needed, and practicing healthy behaviors, men can live longer, healthier lives.

“National Men’s Health Week is important because men’s health problems impact not only themselves, but their parents, wives, children, brothers and sisters,” said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, KDHE Director of Health.  “Men’s health is truly a family issue.”

The most important things men can do to stay healthy are to get recommended screening tests, be tobacco free, be physically active, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight and take preventive medicines if needed.

Kansas men suffer from heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis at rates comparable to national averages. 

For more information about National Men’s Health Week, visit www.menshealthweek.org. To learn more about KDHE, please visit www.kdheks.gov.