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West Virginia Celebrates Men’s Health in June

Communities Across the Globe Honor Men’s Health Month

WEST VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, June 11, 2021 / -- The state of West Virginia, as well as the city of Morgantown, have issued proclamations celebrating men’s health and fatherhood in June, helping educate men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, timely screenings, healthy lifestyles, and positive family relationships.

Governor Jim Justice’s proclamation can be found here.

The importance of this effort was also highlighted by a statement from the White House.

Raising awareness of the need for men and boys to live healthy lifestyles is critical to their wellbeing. The life expectancy for men is five years less than women, and men also have higher rates of death from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports women are 100% more likely to visit their doctor for annual exams and preventative services than men.

Report cards on the status of male health in each state can be found at the State of Men's Health website. Proclamations from cities and states be found at

“I’m incredibly proud to be able to proclaim June as Men’s Health Month in West Virginia and help bring awareness to the issue of men’s health and wellness,” West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said. “Far too often, men try to ‘tough it out’ instead of getting the help they need. But, just like how preventative maintenance on a car can extend its life, regularly going to see the doctor can extend your life.

“We especially need all men to be aware of their health and wellness right now as the COVID-19 pandemic continues,” Gov. Justice added. “I urge all West Virginians to get their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. Not only could it save your life, but, by breaking the chain of infection, it could also save the lives of your loved ones.”

“We applaud officials in their states for helping raise awareness of the health issues facing men and their families by recognizing this year’s men’s health awareness period,” said Ana Fadich Tomsic, MPH, CHES, Vice President, Men’s Health Network. “Communities around the globe continue to promote the health and well-being of men and boys throughout the month of June. We hope this year’s awareness period will help men and their families be more mindful of their health starting with a doctor’s appointment.”

Across the country, hundreds of health care professionals, private corporations, faith-based organizations, community groups, and other interested organizations help plan activities and events that focus on men’s health during June, and throughout the year. On June 18, MHN encourages participation in using the #ShowUsYourBlue hashtag on social media where participants raised awareness about men’s health issues by Wearing BLUE.

For ideas and free resources in both English and Spanish, visit

Men’s Health Month grew out of National Men’s Health Week, which was enacted by Congress. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994.

Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are organized by Men's Health Network MHN), an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at For more information on MHN's ongoing Dialogue on Men's Health series, visit


Brandon Ross
Men's Health Network
+1 202-545-5361 ext. 101