Advocacy, Public Policy

Men’s Health Takes Center Stage at the White House

Those of us who work in men’s health are no strangers to frustration. Despite years of effort, men still die in greater numbers (and at younger ages) then women of nine of the top ten causes of death. And men’s health issues get a fraction of the public and private funding and the media attention that women’s health issues do. But there is hope—and 2016 might just be a breakout year, thanks to some very public recognition of men’s health by the White House.

In 2012, Men’s Health Network launched the Dialogue on Men’s Health series, which regularly brings together healthcare professionals, patient groups, community organizations, private corporations, and government agencies to address the unique challenges that confront men, boys, and their families. So you can imagine how delighted we were when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked MHN to help organize a Dialogue on Men’s Health event at the White House January 8, 2016. The goal of the White House event—and of all of the Dialogues—was to inspire, engage, motivate, and activate the private- and public sectors to make men’s health a priority. A lofty goal, but one that was achieved with remarkable success.

tamh - WH main speakersThe White House location and the opening speakers (including Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, White House Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, and Kenneth Braswell, the Director of National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse) left no doubt that the Administration is serious about the health of men and boys.

tamh - WH speakersTwenty eight speakers captivated the audience of more than 230 people, representing more than 100 organizations from all across the country, sharing personal stories, best practices, and recommendations. That alone was a huge win. But there’s more: each participant was asked to make a commitment to a specific action he or she will take to bring awareness to—and improve—boys’ and men’s health.

 

Although it’s still early, we’re hoping to have a follow-up Dialogue in June, which is Men’s Health Month.

Click here for more information on the White House Dialogue on Men’s Health—including photos, a complete lineup of speakers and attendees, and video of selected speakers.

And click here for more info on the complete Dialogue on Men’s Heath series.

 

 

 

Fertility, Growing Up, Health

Epigenetics: The Real Reason You Are Who You Are

Epigenetics: This stuff could change everything (Courtesy: Episona.com)

Epigenetics: This stuff could change everything (Courtesy: Episona.com)

You share 99.5% of your DNA with the person sitting next to you. In fact, you share 97.5% of your DNA with mice. And, believe it or not, 50% of banana DNA is identical to yours! So what makes you so special? Epigenetics.

The New Plastics

Remember the scene in “The Graduate” when the smug, older businessman takes aside the newly minted, baby faced, college grad Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) at a party and says: “I just want to say one word to you — just one word — ‘plastics.’” Well, epigenetics is the new plastics. The belief that the genome you inherit from your mother and father is faithfully perpetuated in you is not true anymore. DNA is not your destiny, epigenetics is.

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Health

3 New Medical Technologies That Are Already Saving Lives

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In the past year, several significant tech advances have changed the way we think about the medical field. From groundbreaking emergency room equipment to data-gathering apps, this new hardware and software is already having a wide-ranging effect on doctors, nurses and their patients.

In a hospital setting, technology has the power to simplify and streamline complicated medical processes that reduce the frequency of errors and increase the efficiency of patient health care. This new tech can also help scientists and researchers gather important data and conduct medical studies with the click of a button. Here are three technologies that are already starting to save lives.

E-Aspirin

Medication’s healing power cannot be underestimated. It can cure diseases, alleviate symptoms and reverse chemical imbalances throughout the brain and body. However, this relief often comes with a cost, both financial and physiological.

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Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Nutrition, Others, Psychology, Sports, Stress

Most common causes of abdominal fat

New Picture1The waist is usually the first place excess fat goes. Unfortunately, it is also one of the hardest areas on our bodies to lose weight. Having excess belly, or abdominal, fat is worse than having excess fat on most other places on our body. It can put people at an increased risk for common diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, and sleep apnea.

Your weight is a combination of how well you balance the amount of calories you consume and how much physical activity you get. Many people think they can eat whatever they want as long as they work out, or vice versa, they don’t have to work out if they eat healthy or very little. But this is not the case. You need to balance a healthy, clean diet with a regular routine of physical exercise.

Here are the most common causes of excess, unwanted belly fat:

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Boys

Winter Ain’t Over, and Neither is S.A.D

If you’re feeling some of those winter blues, check out this helpful infographic on S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Dissorder).

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Family, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Relationships, Sex, Well-being

6 foods that will boost sexual energy

New Picture4From Vegan to Paleo, people are constantly experimenting with different diets to try to find the one most beneficial to their body.  Food nourishes and strengthens us, and can often have medicinal qualities, too. So it may not come as a shock when looking to unleash extra sexual energy, it’s important to make sure you’re putting the right stuff into your body.  Are there specific foods you can eat to awaken your sexuality and kick your libido into
overdrive?  You bet! Check out the list of sexual super foods below and get ready to spice up your plate (and bedroom) tonight!

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