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Fill-in-the-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

Celebrate National Men’s Health Month and Week

For Release:   ______, 2011
Contact:          (Administrator Name)

                        _______ County Health Department

                        (Telephone #)

Don’t Weight Oklahoma! Take Steps to Prevent Obesity

Men’s Health Month, June 2011

The _____ County Health Department is joining the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Men’s Health Network in celebrating National Men’s Health Month, June 2011. The National Men’s Health Month theme, “Stay Tough! Stay Healthy!” helps call attention to the growing problem of obesity in men in Oklahoma.  

“It’s no secret that Oklahomans, including Oklahoma men, are overweight,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____. “Almost 75 percent of Oklahoma’s men are overweight or obese, regardless of their level of income or education.”  

To reduce their risk for obesity, ____ recommended that _____ County men can take small steps each day to maintain a healthy weight by being physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week and eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables.

“In addition, men should remember that preventive health care such as testicular self-exams, PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood tests, colorectal cancer screenings, cholesterol and blood sugar checks are also important in staying healthy,” _____ emphasized. “When a man is healthy, he reduces his likelihood of illness, injuries, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, and he has lower absenteeism at work and may have reduced health care costs.”

During June’s Men’s Health Month observance, the _____County Health Department, Turning Point, and other local community organizations such as (add names of local partner organizations) have planned the following activities: (insert county health department activities with date, time, and place)

Call the _____ County Health Department at (phone number) for more information on these and other events.

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