Good Samaritan’s annual Men’s Health Tune-Up is right around
the corner. The event will be held Tuesday, October 3 from 4 to 7 p.m.
at the Highland Woods Community Center on Hart Street. The tune-up will
offer a wide array of vital health screenings specifically aimed toward
men. Some of the free screenings that will be offered include: Lipid Profile
(Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL and Triglycerides), Blood Sugar, Creatinine/Glomerular
Filtration Rate (Kidney Function), PSA (Prostate Cancer Screening), Respiratory
Function, Colorectal Take-Home Kits, Blood Pressure and more. 12-hour
fasting is recommended for these screenings, but is not required.
“We usually expect around 500-600 men each year,” said Rob
McLin, President and CEO at Good Samaritan. “That is a very large
number of people in our community who we are able to help and provide
free preventative services to. We want to get them on the right track
toward being happy and healthy.”
The Men’s Health Tune-Up began 12 years ago after it was demonstrated
that there was a critical need to bring education and health screenings
to the public. In 2016, 575 men from Knox and the surrounding communities
took advantage of the free blood screenings. Of those men an astounding
48% had abnormal triglyceride screenings, 73% had abnormal LDL and 7%
had abnormal PSA numbers.
“The Dayson Heart Center has been present at every Good Samaritan
Men’s Health Tune-Up through the years, focusing on ways to control
cardiac risk factors. We will be screening for high blood pressure this
year,” said Julie Thomas, Director of the Dayson Heart Center. “High
blood pressure is not only known as the ‘silent killer,’ but
is a risk factor to heart attack and stroke. The best way to know if you
have high blood pressure is to keep track of it. High blood pressure can
be managed, once diagnosed. Please visit our booth at the Men’s
Tune Up for your blood pressure screen and information on managing hypertension.”
Some of the other departments on hand will include Endoscopy, Pharmacy,
Oncology, Trauma, Samaritan Center, Joint Replacement Center, Physician
Services and more.
A new feature of the tune-up this year is that each attendee will have
the opportunity to win door prizes, including a grill and leaf blower
donated by Good Samaritan’s Foundation. Other prize baskets will
also be available to win throughout the night.
Reservations are not required for this event. The Men’s Health Tune-Up
will be held Tuesday, October 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Highland Woods Community
Center, 1377 S. Hart Street. For more information, call the Good Samaritan
Marketing Department at 812-885-3336.