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CROCKETT, TEXAS – ETMC Regional Healthcare System team members, including ETMC Crockett, ETMC EMS, ETMC Home Health, and the ETMC First Physicians clinic, will participate in a number of events recognizing Men’s Health Week set for June 13-19.
In preparation of the weeklong observance that includes Father’s Day, ETMC team members will present a program outlining the checkups and screenings recommended for men during the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce monthly membership luncheon on Wednesday, June 1, at the Crockett Civic Center beginning at noon. Following the presentation, Crockett Mayor Wayne Mask will present a proclamation declaring June 13-19 as Men’s Health Week in Crockett. For additional information about the luncheon, contact the chamber at 544-2359.
Men’s Health Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 15, throughout the community. Everyone is encouraged to wear the light blue awareness ribbon synonymous with Men’s Health Week. The ribbons will be available at the ETMC First Physician’s clinic located at ETMC Crockett.
Created in 1994
Men's Health Week was created by Congress in 1994 to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The bills creating Men’s Health Week were sponsored by former Senator Bob Dole and former Congressman Bill Richardson. The sponsors cited the cost-effectiveness of a shift from treatment to prevention in healthcare emphasis when presenting the bill. The supporters of Men's Health Week also noted that prevention requires public awareness and designating a week would spread information on preventing illnesses affecting men.
The governors of over forty-five states have adopted the week. Typical Men’s Health Week events include educational lectures by sports figures, free health screenings, health fairs, and seminars. Men's Health Week events are planned so that they are easily attended even by men with a full work schedule. Although not officially recognized by congress, men’s health activists observe Men’s Health Month throughout June.
Observers of Men’s Health Week are sometimes seen wearing a blue ribbon as a symbol of their support for the fight against prostate cancer. However, problems affecting men's health extend far beyond prostate cancer and other commonly recognized men's illnesses.
ETMC Crockett, ETMC Home Health, ETMC EMS and the ETMC First Physicians clinic, as well as the community, will recognize Men's Health Week with awareness campaigns to highlight additional health concerns such as diabetes, osteoporosis, family health, workplace accidents, and men's higher likelihood of suicide or being a victim of homicide.
Other ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Fairfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler.