H.Con.Res. 142: Supporting National Mens Health Week

H.Con.Res. 142

Supporting National Mens Health Week

Sponsor
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

Date
June 23, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Con.Res. 142 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) on June 3, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Con.Res. 142 would resolve that Congress:

  • "Supports the annual National Men's Health Week; and
  • "Requests that the President of the United States issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States and interested groups to observe National Men's Health Week with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

 

Background

According to the resolution's findings, nine of the ten leading causes of death, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affect men at a higher percentage than women. Nation Men's Health Week was established by Congress and first celebrated in 1994 and urged men and their families to engage in appropriate health behaviors, and the resulting increase in awareness has improved health-related education and helped prevent illness. Men who are educated about the value that preventative health can play in prolonging their lifespan and their role as productive family members will be more likely to participate in health screenings.