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For Release: May 31, 2012 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601

Don’t Weight Oklahoma Men! Take Steps to Prevent Obesity
Men’s Health Month, June 2012

About 74 percent of Oklahoma men are overweight or obese, and men at all income and educational levels are at risk for obesity, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

To reduce their risk, men should maintain a healthy weight by eating a diet that includes five servings of fruits and vegetables – fresh, frozen or canned – every day, and by being physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.

Reducing obesity is one of several health issues for men receiving focus during National Men’s Health Month in June. This year’s theme of “Awareness. Prevention. Education. Family.” points to the need for all men to take care of their health. 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. However, many men may forget or put off important preventive health care tests such as such colorectal cancer screenings, and cholesterol and blood sugar checks. They may also forget to practice testicular self-exams.

The OSDH encourages interested groups to consider using the Men’s Health Month observance as an opportunity to host events in various settings, such as businesses, faith-based organizations, health clinics, and recreation centers.  Possible events might include:

  • Scheduling “Wear Blue” days to promote men’s health
  • Promoting men’s health topics during Sunday church services
  • Coordinating a stair climbing or walking challenge
  • Hosting a lunch-n-learn series

Individuals are encouraged to contact their county health department to learn more about local events.

The observance of National Men’s Health Month also provides an opportunity for all Oklahomans to learn about the “Shape Your Future” campaign, which challenges individuals, schools, and communities to get involved in improving Oklahoma’s health outcomes. Learn more at www.shapeyourfutureok.com.

More information on men’s health is available by visiting www.health.ok.gov and typing “Men’s Health” in the search box. For additional resources on men’s health, visit the Men’s Health Network at http://www.menshealthmonth.org.

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