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Men’s Health Month

Men's Health Month Advancing Health Equity for Boys and Men of Color

Please join the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a town hall-style discussion to examine the historical, social, economic, physical and biological factors that contribute to increased rates of premature death among racial and ethnic minority men. This event will engage men in a conversation about the social determinants of health they face.

Join our Men’s Health Event in Los Angeles on Dec. 4.The goal for each session is to begin conversations on key areas of health focus for racial and ethnic minority men, due to their disproportionately worse health outcomes compared to other men.  The topic areas for discussion include: Access to Services, Mental Health, and Prevention.

This initiative advances the HHS & OMH mission and its National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) key priority by:

Understanding the story behind the data
Learning about the community thoughts/perceptions, resources, and desires
Building public trust
Identifying specific goals and actions for future policy and program development

During Men’s Health Month in June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encourages men and boys to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of preventable illnesses such as heart disease and highlight ways to stay healthy, such as exercise and getting regular medical check-ups.

It is important to encourage men to take control of their health because men experience poorer health and die younger than women in the U.S. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boys and men in the United States, on average, die 5.6 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from nine of the top 10 leading causes of death. 

The HHS Office of Minority Health reminds men and boys that they can improve their health by seeking medical advice and taking other important steps such as making healthy food choices, staying active, quitting smoking, seeing a health care provider, and taking care of their mental health .

Visit this webpage during the month of June for updates on available downloadable materials and events in observance of Men’s Health Month 2017. 


Men’s Health Month Graphics

We will protect this heart:
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men.
Healthier food choices build a healthier heart –
make fruits and vegetables half of your plate.
Bro, you don’t even have to lift:
Getting just 30 minutes of exercise each
day can help you live longer and healthier.
Preventive maintenance:
Getting regular check-ups can catch small
problems before they become big problems.
Quitting time:
Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke,
and... a greater risk of erectile dysfunction.
Hey man, you good?
Life can get tough, and talking things through
with a mental health professional can help.
Protege tu corazón:
La enfermedad cardiaca es la principal causa de muerte en
los hombres. Elige comidas que ayuden a tener un corazón
sano: que las frutas y las verduras llenen la mitad de tu plato.
Amigo, no tienes que andar levantando pesas
Solo 30 minutos de ejercicio al día pueden darte una
vida más sana y prolongada.
Chequeo preventivo:
Los exámenes regulares pueden detectar los problemas
pequeños antes de que se vuelvan mayores.
Es hora de dejar el cigarrillo:
Fumar causa cáncer, enfermedades cardiacas, derrames
cerebrales... y un mayor riesgo de disfunción eréctil.
Oye, ¿estás bien?
La vida es complicada y el hablar de tus problemas
con un profesional de salud mental puede ayudarte.
Para más información, visitañol.

NOTE: These images may be downloaded and used only for purposes of promoting Men’s Health Month activities, and may not be used for commercial purposes, including selling of products and services and advertisements in newspapers and other publications. 

Men’s Health Disparities

Despite our nation’s vast advances in science, public health and health care, the health status of racial and ethnic minority men continues to lag behind the general population.

See statistics on health disparities:

Projects and Partnerships

A few of our grants, projects and partnerships helping to reduce disparities and promote better health for all boys and men:

Men’s Health Resources and Publications

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