INDIANAPOLIS - Local and state health officials are celebrating National Minority Health Month by hosting health fairs, workshops and various other events.
To reduce health disparities and improve the health status of minority populations, the 107th Congress in H. Con. Res 388 agreed on October 3, 2002 to establish a National Minority Health and Health Disparities Month. This year's theme is: Man Up for Your Health! Healthy Men Move Our Communities Forward.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
- One in five American men has heart disease.
- One in three American adults has high blood pressure.
- Three in four American men are overweight.
- Nine in 10 lung cancer deaths are caused by cigarette smoking.
In collaboration with organizations around the state, the Office of Minority Health at the Indiana State Department of Health continues to educate Hoosiers about diseases disproportionately affecting minorities, such as breast and cervical cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
For a calendar of events in Indiana celebrating National Minority Health Month, go to http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/Minority_Health_Month_2010.pdf.
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