NJ Department of Health Encourages Men to Take Proactive Steps To Be Healthier, Get Regular Checkups

The New Jersey Department of Health is encouraging men to take proactive steps to help avoid preventable illnesses and disease during National Men’s Health Month.

National Men’s Health Week is June 11-17. The Department of Health and its partners are hosting several men’s health events throughout New Jersey in June.

“Men are less likely than women to see a doctor for preventive care. And, as the CDC tells us, they die five years younger than women do, on average. They sustain most workplace injuries, and they are less likely to be insured,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “These are all solvable public health problems.”

Men’s life expectancy in the U.S. is 76 years, while women’s is 81 years. Did you know?…

* Men are more likely than women to develop both heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death in the U.S.

* Men are almost two times more likely to binge drink than women and consistently have higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women

* Almost 7 percent of men who die in the U.S. annually are killed by unintentional injuries, the third leading cause of death among men. This category includes workplace accidents, motor vehicle crashes and accidental gun deaths. Unintentional injuries do not rank in the top 10 causes of death for women in the U.S.

“I encourage men to seek regular medical advice, to get screened for colo-rectal and prostate cancer and to lead healthy lifestyles by eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, staying active and managing work/life balance,” Commissioner Elnahal said. “This is true all year, but Men’s Health Month is a great time to call attention to these issues.”

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