Welcome to the MHN
HealthZone program, an initiative specifically
targeted to men so they can see where they measure up on the scorecard
of good health and, if needed, make the right changes to live healthier
The health of men in America is steadily deteriorating,
largely due to poor health education, lack of awareness and culturally
induced behavior patterns. This has caused a silent health crisis,
whereby men face higher mortality rates than women for the 10 leading
causes of death in addition to a shorter life span.
Men's health is not only a concern for men, but it is also a concern
for women who care about the health of their fathers, husbands,
sons and brothers. Additionally, men's health is an issue for employers
who lose productive employees and pay the costs of their medical
care, as well as for society, which absorbs the enormous costs of
premature death and disability.
A health screening or awareness event is the first
step in helping men become more aware and involved in achieving
and maintaining good health. Screenings provide a friendly and informative
atmosphere and can easily be worked into anyone's hectic schedule.
Depending on your budget, you can start with a small men's health
screening targeting one or two specific health areas, or you can
develop a complete health fair, focusing on a multitude of men's
This Digital Training Manual is meant to serve as
a guide so you can plan, conduct and evaluate your own health screening
event, no matter what size. This guide details the various steps
of the health screening process and provides a card from which you
can order educational materials for distribution.
You might want to consider hosting your men's health
event during National Men's Health Week (NMHW). Passed by Congress
in 1994 and signed into law by President Clinton, NMHW is celebrated
each year during the week leading up to and including Father's Day
in June. Contact the Men's Health Network for help with planning
your health screening event. We can help you get media attention
and will post your event on our website's calendar of events.
If you do not wish to do a screening event but do
want to raise awareness of men's health needs, contact us for tips
on exhibiting at a health fair or setting up an information table
at a concert, sporting event, or other community event. We can provide
you with health data, including the rates of the top 10 leading
causes of death, health charts and typical screening outcomes from
some of our own events.
We at the Men's Health Network commend you for your
interest in the health of men, their families and your community
and are pleased to have your support in our continued efforts aimed
at Building Healthy Families One Man at
When you need help planning or executing your
event, please call us at 202.543.MHN.1 or email HZ@menshealthnetwork.org.