There's a focus this month on the health of men during Men's Health Week and state officials are encouraging men to start treating their bodies the way they treat their cars. The goal of National Men's Health Week is to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and screening among men and boys.
Illinois Department of Public Health Spokesperson Sabrina Miller says staying healthy is usually the last thing on a man's agenda.
Men are more likely to die of these diseases than women in Illinois and across the nation. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is encouraging men to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and medical check-ups.