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June 12, 2008

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047,

Note: Check out a new PSA featuring Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler on colon cancer screening at


PSA Campaign to Raise Awareness of Colon Cancer

June 9-15 is Men’s Health Week

Lincoln – Fans of collegiate sports recognize the Big Twelve as the conference Nebraska wants to be on top of, but when it comes to ranking men’s health in Nebraska, scoring the fewest points is the winning goal.

More than three out of four adult men in Nebraska are either overweight or obese. When compared to other states in the Big Twelve, Nebraska outranks them all, sitting at #1 with the most overweight or obese men in all the conference.

Overweight and obesity are risk factors for colon cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health, along with Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler, have created a public service announcement to emphasize the importance of early colon cancer detection for both men and women. The program provides free or low-cost colon cancer screening to eligible men and women. The PSA is located on the DHHS Web site: .

Overweight and obesity are also risk factors for: high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems.

The Division of Public Health includes the Office of Women’s and Men’s Health. For more information on public health, go to


Note: Here is how the seven states in the Big 12 rank for overweight and obesity among men:

Here is how the seven states in the Big 12 rank for overweight and obesity among men:
  1. Nebraska
  2. Iowa
  3. Texas
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Kansas
  6. Missouri
  7. Colorado
75.2 percent
This data is from the national Behavioral Risk Factor Survey collected by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2007.