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International Men's Health Week: June 11-17, 2007

International Men's Health Week: June 11-17, 2007

Did you know that men are likely to die, on average, nearly six years earlier than women -- and they have higher mortality rates for many of the leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, accidents, suicide, chronic liver disease, and cancer?

This is why June 11th marks the start of the International Men's Health Week to honor the importance of men's health and wellness. As women, the idea around men's health can sometimes seem foreign but it is important to be in the know when it comes to the health of any man in your life.

A book I highly recommend around this subject is From Boys to Men: A Woman's Guide to the Health of Husbands, Partners, Sons, Fathers, and Brothers ($16.00) by M.D. Emily Senay and Rob Waters. As the women in men's lives -- mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters, and daughters -- we are traditionally in charge of managing their health concerns. From Boys to Men is a fabulous resource designed to arm women with much-needed information about men's health issues and to help them educate their male loved ones on how to take care of themselves. Filled with expert medical advice, personal anecdotes, and a healthy dose of humor, From Boys to Men should resonate with you if you have a man in your life (dad, brother, husband, son, etc). I can honestly say this book is my bible to men's health, especially since I primarily grew up around women. Buy it from

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rachelattack rachelattack 10 years
I should follow this up. My boyfriend is leery of doctors and healthcare professionals in general, partly because it scares him, partly because he's paranoid about what he's going to hear, partly because he's too lazy to go when somethings amiss. I worry about him, this might give me some ideas about getting him to get his act together when it comes to his health.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Fit, I'm SOOOO gonna look that book up. I think a big thing is that some men (like mine) grew up kind of on their own without people to ask questions to. (no dad.) I had my mom to answer all my weird period questions and what-not. I think boys are mainly forced to figure it all for themselves. The irony in this is that I finally got The Man to go to the doctor today! This, being the second time in 7 years.
the-kid the-kid 10 years
Wow. I'm so glad there's a manual for taking care of men. Sheesh...
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