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 .
Men’s Health Disparities
The health status of racial and ethnic minority men has lagged far too long behind the general population, despite our nation’s vast advances in science, public health and health care.
See statistics on health disparities:
- African American Health Profile
- American Indian and Alaska Native Health Profile
- Asian American Health Profile
- Hispanic/Latino Health Profile
- Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Profile
Projects and Partnerships
A few of our grants, projects and partnerships helping to reduce disparities and promote better health for all boys and men:
- OMH Men’s Health Data Briefs
- HIV/AIDS Initiative for Minority Men (AIMM)
- Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative
- National Reentry Week—Bridging Opportunity Gaps for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
- Youth Alive
Men’s Health Resources and Publications
- Aches, Pain and Automobiles- Men’s Health Tune Up
- Brother, You’re on My Mind
- Library of Resources for Men’s Health
- Men’s Health and Smoking
- Men’s Health Network website
- Men and Depression , National Institutes of Health (NIH) (printable)
- Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age , HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (printable)
- Men’s Health Library , Men’s Health Network (MHN) (printable PDFs)
- Men’s Health Topics from Healthfinder.gov
- Men’s Health Info in Spanish and Chinese