MENS HEALTH; Taking Charge

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MENS HEALTH; Taking Charge


This month, women are being urged to take care of their health because of their value to their families, and their obligation to themselves.

But next month, it will be the men's turn to take control of their own well-being.

From June 11 to 13, the Duval County Health Department will host its first summit on men's health. The summit, titled "Man Up for Health," will aim to increase men's awareness of preventable health problems, such as heart disease, lung cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Health care providers will conduct screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, prostate cancer, HIV and STDs, and other conditions, as well as sessions on how to get on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

One main feature of the event will be a health summit for men ages 14 to 24 at the downtown campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville on Friday, June 11, to direct young men toward healthier lives.

On Saturday, June 12, there will be a motorcycle ride for health.

On Sunday, June 13, local churches will be asked to encourage men to wear blue ties in support.

Such efforts are crucial - particularly when it comes to correcting health disparities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, black men live six years less than white men, and seven years less than black women. Forty percent of black men die prematurely from cardiovascular disease, while 21 percent of white men do.

Health department reports show that white men in Duval County younger than 75 are more likely than black men to die from accidental injuries, suicides and lung cancer.

But black men younger than 75 are more likely than white men to be claimed by homicide, heart disease, HIV, diabetes and prostate cancer. …

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