This year marks 20 years since National Men’s Health Week (NMHW) was passed by Congress and signed by President William Jefferson Clinton.
Recognizing that many health problems that affect men can be prevented, the week was designed to encourage men, boys and their families to develop positive health attitudes, engage in preventive behaviors, lead healthy lifestyles, and seek timely medical advice and care.
“I invite all men to become more involved with their health by visiting their health practitioner this season and by becoming better informed of health risks and preventive services,” said Bob Dole, former Senator from Kansas, who co-authored the NMHW legislation.
This important awareness period was built around the four pillars of Awareness-Prevention-Education-Family, and has resulted in countless campaigns that focus on raising awareness about health issues affecting men, boys and their families.
“I reiterate my support and endorsement for men and boys’ health and wellbeing,” said former New Mexico Governor, Bill Richardson, who introduced legislation which led to the passage of this law.
Men’s Health Network is proud to report that in the 20 years since its passage, NMHW has encouraged the development of thousands of health awareness activities throughout the month of June. Corporations, hospital systems, clinics, the faith-based community, the public sector, and others use the month to highlight their services and reach out to men and their families.