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May 29, 2009

CAMBRIDGE – The Cambridge Public Health Department and community partners will host a series of events this June to celebrate Men’s Health Month.

“American men are experiencing a silent health crisis,” said Claude-Alix Jacob, the city’s Chief Public Health Officer and director of the public health department. Jacob noted that men have higher rates of death than women for heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and HIV/AIDS.  They are also more likely than women to die in a car crash, commit suicide, or suffer a fatal workplace injury.

“Despite the grim statistics, the good news is that men can take some simple actions—like eating better, exercising more, and making routine visits to the doctor—that can help improve their health,” Jacob said.

To help men in Cambridge take charge of their health, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Cambridge Health Alliance, and the Cambridge Family YMCA launched a comprehensive wellness program in 2008 that promotes routine screenings, fitness and a healthy diet, and regular visits to a physician. The program, known as the Men’s Health League, is based at the public health department.

On June 6, the Men’s Health League, in collaboration with the Men of Color Health Initiative, will kick off Men’s Health Month in Cambridge with a breakfast featuring Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree. Professor Ogletree, a nationally known civil rights attorney, will speak about the role men can play in building healthy communities.  This free event is open to all men and boys in the Cambridge area. To register, contact Richard Harding at 617-665-3769 or rharding@challiance.org

To celebrate Father’s Day, the Men of Color Health Initiative is hosting the 16th annual Hoops ‘N’ Health sports tournament and health fair on Saturday, June 20.  In addition to basketball and flag football tournaments, this citywide event will have live entertainment, kids’ games, and health information and screenings. To sign up a team, call 617-665-3769 or email rharding@challiance.org.

Other June events include a men’s health poster campaign and a Fitness Brothers workshop.


Saturday, June 6

Men’s Health Breakfast

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Massasoit Elks Lodge, 55 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge. Keynote speaker Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree. To register, call 617-665-3769.  Sponsored by the Men’s Health League and Men of Color Health Initiative.

Saturday, June 13

Fitness Brothers Workshop

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Bally’s Total Fitness, 1815 Mass. Ave., Cambridge (Porter Sq.).  This free 10-week men’s fitness program combines exercise, interactive workshops, and a dose of healthy competition. To register for the workshop, call 617-665-3686. Hosted by the Men’s Health League: A Community Health Partnership for Men.

Saturday, June 20

Hoops ‘N’ Health

9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Hoyt Field (near corner of Western Ave. and Putnam Ave.), Cambridge.  This sports tournament and health fair is free and open to the public. To sign up a team (basketball or flag football), call 617-665-3769 or email rharding@challiance.org. Hosted by the Men of Color Health Initiative. Rain date is Saturday, June 27.


Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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