Good Samaritan’s annual Men’s Health Tune-Up is right around
the corner. The event will be held Tuesday, October 1 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 400 to 500 men each year,” said Rob
McLin, President and CEO at Good Samaritan. “The number of attendees
seems to grow every year, which means we can provide free preventative
services to even more people to lead them toward healthier lifestyles.”
The Men’s Health Tune-Up began 14 years ago after it was demonstrated
that there was a critical need to bring education and health screenings
to the public. In 2018, 466 men from Knox and the surrounding communities
took advantage of the free blood screenings. Of those men an astounding
44% had abnormal triglyceride screenings, 68% had abnormal LDL and 9%
had abnormal PSA numbers. A large number of men, 33%, also had abnormal
blood pressure screenings.
“The Men’s Tune-Up is a great way to get out in the community
and teach injury prevention in a fun, non-clinical setting,” said
Mary Pargin, Trauma Program Manager. “It is a great way for men
to see all the services provided locally, participate in free screenings,
enjoy a meal and win some prizes all for free. The most frequent type
of trauma we see in the hospital is falls, so this year we are planning
a falls prevention game the men can play to win a door prize.”
Some of the other departments on hand will include: Cardiology, Endoscopy,
Pharmacy, Oncology, Respiratory, Samaritan Center, Joint Replacement Center,
Physician Services and more.
Each attendee will have the opportunity to win a $100 gift card to Lowe’s
Home Improvement store by simply visiting both the screening and information
booths throughout the evening and getting a card signed.
Reservations are not required for this event. The Men’s Health Tune-Up
will be held Tuesday, October 1 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.