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June 17-23 is Men’s Health Week

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres said he must do a better job of taking care of his health as he signed a proclamation designating June 17-23, 2018 as Men’s Health Week.

The signing ceremony on Wednesday was witnessed by personnel of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

“How many in this room have undergone testing for heart disease, cancer, or diabetes in the last six months or for the last two years?” the governor asked the more than 20 men gathered in the CHCC conference room where the proclamation signing was held.

Only four men raised their hands in reply to the governor’s inquiry.

 “I think we are all guilty in terms of not taking care of our health. I am guilty as well. I should start taking care of my health so I can encourage everyone else to do the same,” he said. “It is important to take care of our health because at the end of the day it is our family that will get hurt if something happens to us.”

After signing the Men’s Health Week proclamation, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres poses with Public Health Director Margaret Aldan, 2018 Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera, fire department, transit authority and Public Health personnel in the hospital’s conference room, Wednesday.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioAfter signing the Men’s Health Week proclamation, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres poses with Public Health Director Margaret Aldan, 2018 Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera, fire department, transit authority and Public Health personnel in the hospital’s conference room, Wednesday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Public Health Director Margaret Aldan said it was their first time to observe Men’s Health Week.

“We will start promoting healthy habits among men,” Aldan said, adding that the activities during the week will focus on educating the community about a broad range of men’s health issues, including heart disease, diabetes as well as prostate, testicular and colon cancer.

Mother and Child Health Bureau Administrator Heather Pangelinan said they aim to connect members of the community, including men, to preventative health services, health screening and information for a healthy lifestyle.

She said these steps will help reduce the number of non-communicable disease cases in the CNMI.

“This week is a reminder for men to take a step to be healthier, but they don’t have to do it alone. Whether it is your husband, dad, or brother — we can all support each other in taking healthy steps to keep our bodies healthy so we can live longer and ultimately have a healthy CNMI community,” Pangelinan said.