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June is Men’s Health Month

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Throughout June (Men's Health Month) we focus on the Power of Prevention to raise awareness among providers, policy makers, the media, and men and their loved ones about preventable health problems affecting men and boys, and early detection and treatment of disease.

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On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women. Men are less likely to have health insurance and make recommended preventive visits to the doctor. Preventable illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes take a significant toll on men, especially for men of color.

    • Heart disease is the leading killer across most racial and ethnic minority communities in the United States, accounting for 24 percent of all deaths in 2010.
    • Hispanic men are 40 percent more likely to have a stroke.
    • Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders were four times more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to die from a stroke.
    • African American men are 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes.
    • American Indian and Alaska Native men are 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes.
    • Asian American men are 1.2 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes.
    • African American and Mexican American boys 6-11 years old are 1.3 times more likely to be overweight than white boys of the same age group.
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  • Wear Blue and show your support for Men's Health. Encourage your family, friends and co-workers to wear blue. Take a picture and post it to any of your social media platforms to help us bring attention to the campaign. And be sure to join Men's Health Network's Twibbon campaign.

  • Talk to your partner, friends and family about their health. The Brother2Brother project makes the conversation easier by asking three questions: When was your most recent doctor's visit? What is the best reason you have to care about your health and to be healthy? What can you do today to start living a healthier life?
  • On Father's Day (June 15), take the pledge. No job is more important than being a father. Join the President's Fatherhood Initiative by signing up at and view more great suggestions for activities on Father's Day and every day.

  • Become a mentor to boys and young men of color. Earlier this year, President Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper initiative to help boys and young men of color reach their full potential. This initiative will encourage the nation to establish a solid foundation for young people to receive mentoring, support networks and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college.

  • Share your story or tweet with us throughout the month.

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Uninsured? You may not have to wait until November to get covered. Certain qualifying life events, such as turning 26, getting married or having a baby, may allow you to participate in a Special Enrollment Period. This video explains more about Special Enrollment.

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