According to the non-profit, First Things First, “involvement of a father or a positive male role model has profound effects on children. Father-child interaction promotes a child’s physical well-being, perceptual ability, and competency for relating with others. These children also demonstrate greater ability to take initiative and evidence self-control.”
In honor of Father’s Day, National Men’s Health Week, and the positive male role models in our lives, Unitex would like to recognize men and fathers for the significant and sometimes understated role they play in contributing to social, emotional, financial and cultural success of individuals, families, and communities.
Anchored by a Congressional health education program, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Men’s Health Network, Men’s Health Month was designed to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. This is especially important when we consider the following health statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about men:
- Men are more likely to be uninsured than women
- One in two will develop cancer
- On average men live five years less than women
- Men have a higher death rate for most leading causes of death than women
- Men make half as many physicians visits for prevention
- About 30,000 men die each year from prostate cancer
To draw attention to Men’s Health Month people everywhere are invited to participate in Wear Blue Friday on June 16, 2017, during which people are invited to wear blue to raise awareness about men’s need to seek regular checkups, or testicular cancer education, prostate cancer education, or other health issues that affect men. On behalf of Unitex, we say “thank you” to men everywhere for your contribution and invite you to contact a healthcare professional to schedule a checkup today.