H.R. NO.













Recognizing the second week of june as men's health week.




     WHEREAS, despite rapid advances in medical technology and research, men still have a shorter average life span than women; and


     WHEREAS, diseases that solely afflict men such as testicular cancer and prostate cancer represent some of the biggest health risks for men; and


     WHEREAS, men die of cancer at 1.5 times the rate for women; and


     WHEREAS, all ten of the leading causes of death impact men at a higher percentage than women; and


     WHEREAS, one of the biggest obstacles to improving the health of men is a lack of awareness and apathy that many men have towards obtaining medical treatment; and


     WHEREAS, educating the public and health care providers about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and early detection of male health problems may eventually lead to reduced mortality rates from diseases such as cancer and heart disease; and


     WHEREAS, men who are educated about the value of preventive health will be more likely to participate in health screening programs; and


     WHEREAS, the Men's Health Network worked with the United States Congress to develop National Men's Health Week as a special campaign to help educate men and their families about the importance of positive health attitudes and preventive health practices; and

     WHEREAS, Hawaii Men's Health Week will focus on a broad range of men's health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, prostate, testicular, and colon cancer; and


     WHEREAS, citizens of this State are encouraged to increase their awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, and medical check-ups; and


     WHEREAS, the Governor issued a proclamation on March 2, 2004, declaring June 14 through 20, 2004, to be Men's Health Week; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, that this body officially recognizes the second week of June as Men's Health Week; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this body supports and encourages all national, state, and local efforts to educate the public on men's health issues, and improve access to health care for men of all ages.










Report Title: 

Men's Health Week