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June 10-16 is Men’s Health Week

“MEN continue to live an average of five years less than women,” stated the proclamation signed by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Monday.

The proclamation designated June 10-16, 2019 as Men’s Health Week. Its aim is to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and early detection of serious male health issues.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau will host a week-long event to promote healthy lifestyle among men.

Citing the studies about the importance of men’s health and wellness, MCHB Administrator Heather Pangelinan said fathers play a critical role in a family’s health. She said women are 1.5 times more likely to go to prenatal care if the father is involved.

“Based on the statistics we see, father’s involvement leads to better outcomes in schools,” she said, adding: “Kids have better grades and graduation rates are higher. There is also a reduced risk for teen pregnancies when fathers are involved in the lives of their daughters.”

“When families are healthy, the CNMI is healthy,” Pangelinan added.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I, Palacios on Monday pose with lawmakers, other officials and Maternal and Child Health Bureau staff after the signing of the Men’s Health Week proclamation at the administration building on Capital Hill.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I, Palacios on Monday pose with lawmakers, other officials and Maternal and Child Health Bureau staff after the signing of the Men’s Health Week proclamation at the administration building on Capital Hill. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

In celebrating Men’s Health Week, Pangelinan advised fathers to take small steps to taking care of their health. “We are constantly out in the community providing free blood pressure, blood sugar screening.”

U.S. Marine veteran Richard Sablan, the State System Development Initiative assistant coordinator, said men’s attitude toward their health affects their ability to fulfill their duties as fathers, partners and community leaders.

On average, he said, men die five years younger than women and die at a higher rate. They also tend to be less insured compared to women, he added.

“These are the risk factors that men face. We take health for granted but we don’t realize that it has impact on our family and community,” Sablan said.

In signing the proclamation, the governor and lt. governor called on all men and their families to join the movement to promote healthy lifestyles by participating in the CNMI Men’s Health Week.

Men are encouraged to schedule regular checkups and preventive screenings as well as to talk to their providers about eating healthy and establishing a new exercise routine while paying attention to their mental health as well.