Welcome to the Alabama Department of Public Health Menís Health page. The purpose of this page is to provide educational material and resources to anyone wanting to find ways to improve the health of men and appeal to Alabamaís male residents to take preventive steps toward improving their overall health.
Men need to focus on putting their health as a priority as we routinely put ourselves at high risk due to our jobs and lifestyle. Of special concern is the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of military service members returning from war zones and veterans. Their needs and the needs of their families must be addressed. Some common reasons why men are at an increased risk for poor health are as follows:
- A higher percentage of men have no health care coverage.
- Men make half as many physician visits for prevention, compared to women.
- Many men are employed in dangerous occupations, such as firemen, policemen, military personnel, construction workers, aircraft pilots and flight engineers, mining, iron and steel workers, and farmers and ranchers.
- Men are less likely to have healthy lifestyles and are more likely to engage in risky behaviors at younger ages.
Leading Causes of Death in Alabama Men - Source: 2011 Health Statistics Data
Men are often the family bread winners, and as a result, forget to make their own health a priority. Risks to the health and well-being of the nationís men (and our families) are on the rise, due to a lack of education, awareness, and pursuit of preventive screening and care.
We encourage all men to step up to the challenge and be positive role models in their own families and communities by setting the example of eating right, exercising regularly, and routinely getting medical checkups. Our families and friends rely on us to be there and to provide for them, but if we do not take the steps now to ensure that we live a long and healthy life, who will be there to care for our loved ones when we are gone?