Men’s Health Week hits the International Stage

Leading men’s health organizations and
experts from around the world are coming together to bring awareness to
the health and well-being of men and boys during International Men’s Health

Online PR News – 13-June-2012 – Washington D.C. – WASHINGTON, June 11, 2012 – Leading men’s health organizations and
experts from around the world are coming together to bring awareness to
the health and well-being of men and boys during International Men’s Health
Week. Celebrated each June, organizations, healthcare professionals, media,
policy makers and individuals host activities and promote physical, social, and
psychological health in men, boys, and their families during this week. This year
men’s health leaders will be meeting on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June
15 for “Gender and Health through Life”, a two-day conference in Copenhagen,
Denmark to mark the Danish Presidency’s EU agenda of gender, equality and
healthy aging.

Dr. Svend Aage Madsen, President of the Men’s Health Society, Denmark
said, “Awareness periods like this help end the silence surrounding men's
health and encourage men and boys to participate in dialogue and take action
concerning their health.”

Experts and organizations from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland,
Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States, and elsewhere are working
collaboratively this year to call attention to the impact of the global economic
recession on the health and well-being of men and their families. This
awareness period also calls into focus recent developments and efforts around
men’s health in countries like India, Thailand, and others.

“Women continue to live on average 5 years longer than men, there is no doubt
that gender is an important indicator of health differences, International Men’s
Health Week is the perfect time to highlight these differences and take steps
to improve the health of all males,” stated Alan White, PhD, Professor of Men’s
Health, LEEDS Metropolitan University.

Dr. Ian Banks, President, European Men's Health Forum explained, “Many men
die prematurely, and in higher numbers for nearly all causes of deaths. Male life
expectancy can be much shorter in some countries, but recent examples of the
gap slowly closing in some countries tend to indicate that contrary to popular
belief, biological factors may only be but one factor influencing male relatively
poorer health. It is morally repugnant that we are allowing men to die.”

Recently, policy makers and researchers have been paying more attention
to health disparities including race, sex, and ethnicity. However, men are still
noticeably absent from these discussions despite being significantly harmed
by disparities in preventive care, quality of life, and overall health outcomes.
Ignoring these disparities is costly in terms of lost productivity, lives lost, and
financial costs incurred by governments, employers, and families each year.
Premature death and morbidity in men costs public and private entities billions
annually. It also costs society as a whole in direct medical payments and lost

productivity and decreased quality of life. As governments and the private sector
struggle with increasing health burdens—including escalating health care costs—
eliminating male health inequities emerges as an important source of savings.

Therefore, we call on the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop an
international men's health strategy in collaboration with key men’s health
organizations, experts, and key thought leaders. This is critical because men's
health impacts the health and well-being of women, children, families, and
societies across the globe.

“It’s important to recognize the role that women, partners, and families play in the
health and well-being of the men in their lives”, said Anne-Meike de Wiljes of the

“It is also critical to remember that men’s health issues affect entire families,
a healthy man can help lead to a healthy family, society, and community. We
need to combat the view that men "already have everything". Yes, men do have
everything including early mortality, heart disease, cancer, and many other health
problems and challenges,” shared Dr. John Macdonald, Director of The Men's
Health Information & Resource Centre (MHIRC) at the University of Western

International Men’s Health Week also provides nations, policy makers, and
leaders across the world an opportunity to work together to address the social,
economic, and cultural contexts of men’s lives across the lifespan. Adopting
a social determinant of health framework and perspective would lead to an
evidence-based approach to improve the health and well-being of men, boys,
and their families. Addressing social determinants including issues around
education, poverty, the environment, socioeconomic status, access to care and
healthy food options are critical to improving the health and well-being of men,
boys, and their families moving forward.

“International Men’s Health Week is an ideal time to encourage men to seek
preventive care, and encourage their loved ones to do the same,” said Noel
Richardson, PhD, Director of Men’s Health Research and Training, Centre for
Men's Health, Institute of Technology Carlow in Ireland.

“Individuals can encourage male friends, co-workers and families to make that
annual appointment to see their healthcare provider for a check-up,” said Peter
Baker, Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum (England and Wales).

"Men notice when their car doesn't perform properly, but don't listen when their
body tells them it's time to see a doctor," stated Scott Williams, Vice President
of Men’s Health Network of the US. "International Men's Health Week is a call
to action for all men and their families to take ownership of their health and well-

To learn more about International Men’s Health Week, please visit:

For media inquiries by country please contact:

USA – Scott Williams - 202-997-8065

UK – Colin Penning - 020 7922 7908

Ireland – Noel Richardson – +353872860152.

Belgium – Ian Banks - 0044 7771 557 509

Denmark – Svend Aage Madsen - +45 26 21 28 51

Australia – David Thompson - +61 2 4570 1220