Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

National Men's Health Week -- June 12 - 18, 2006

I would like to encourage RTs to help celebrate National Men's Health Week, June 12th - 18th, 2006. If you think this week has nothing to do with women, think again. How healthy men are also affects women according to Congressman Bill Richardson who said, "Recognizing and preventing men's health problems is not jus a man's issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men's health is truly a family affair" (Congressional Record, May 24, 1994).

There are several web sites that offer information helpful to celebrating National Men's Health Week. Among them are the Men's Heatlh Week web site that provides a history of how Senator Bob Dole and others started Men's Health Week. From that site you will also be able to find Men's Health Week items for purchase, including the Prostate Stress Ball. The address is

The CDC and the Men's Health Network also have web sites specifically related to men's health. These sites offer men information on being healthy and Men's Health Week provides a time for men to start improving their health -- and for RTs to assist in this enterprise.


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