Men's health fair Saturday morning

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Free health screenings will be available Saturday morning at the George W. Turner Center where this public service is sponsored by the Marshall County Health Council.

From 9 a.m. to noon at the building at 941 Silver Street, the screenings will include tests for blood pressure, eyes, teeth, blood sugar and HIV/AIDS, a spokesman for the Health Council has announced.

Emphasis has been placed on the well being of the male population, and the minority population in particular. Statistics show that the life span of males and especially minority males, compared to females, is extremely short.

The Health Council has recognized that men are encouraged, even at a young age, to be rough and tough, but as they grow older, that's not good for a man's health. Men have died because they sought help too late. Early diagnosis extends lives.

The health fair is going to make information available on high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, sexual health, prostate and testicular cancer. The visit may only take a few minutes. Snacks will be available.