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To most college aged guys the words “men’s health” brings up images of jacked guys on a cover of a magazine that claims that it will help you “Lose Your Gut in 43 Days” and go on the “Red Hot Sex Safari.” Others might think of the retired athletes who now appear in commercials about prostate cancer, but for the most part 20-something males don’t think about health issues too much (and for good reason, most of us are completely healthy). I was taken aback when I started reading Adam Frey’s blog. Adam is a Cornell University (my alma mater) wrestler who competed in the NCAA championships this spring. A few days after his wrestling season finally ended, he was in a horrible car accident, but walked away from it mostly unscathed. He went to the hospital and had some precautionary tests done including a CAT scan. His body was completely unharmed from the accident, but that the doctors discovered that Adam had testicular cancer. Since his diagnosis Adam has been blogging nearly every day about his battle with cancer. His posts are inspirational, and his honesty is sometimes overwhelming. He is doing a fantastic job of bringing light to men’s health issues, much like the Men’s Health Network, which is a non-profit educational organization that aims to “significantly improve the health, longevity, and quality of life or men and their families.”
Men’s Health Network is “made up of physicians, researchers, individuals, public health workers and other health professionals.” These people work together to promote Men’s Health Month (June) along with National Men’s Health Week, which are part of educational campaigns to “promote public and media awareness of men’s health issues and to disseminate vital information on how to prevent disease, violence and addiction.” Men’s Health Network puts a lot of work into generating awareness, because men’s health issues don’t seem to get as much attention as women’s health issues. Maybe it’s because men just aren’t generally as health conscious as women are. Regardless, even though most of you readers – male and female – are young and likely healthy, knowing about what types of health issues men face and how to deal with them is especially important as you make the move to the real world and enter adulthood. Prevention is our strongest weapon against many men’s health issues, and although Adam Frey’s cancer could not have been prevented and probably couldn’t have been detected too much earlier, promoting awareness is still the key to prevention.
Men’s Health Network is looking for someone to help them with Internet and Web Communications. This person should be able to maintain the organization’s websites, update its blogs, edit its podcasts, and generally be a web communications expert. In fact, Adam would be perfect for the job (he’s doing a lot of the same work with his blog), but he’s a bit preoccupied right now with beating the crap out of cancer. If you’re passionate about improving the health of men, send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you’d be a good addition to their team in Washington, DC.
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