ANN ARBOR, Mich - In recognition of June as national Men's Health Month, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center's Community Outreach Program will host a Men's Health and Fitness Day on Saturday, June 26, at the Marriott Conference Center at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti.
The free, sports-themed event will explore a number of men's health issues. All men and teenage boys are invited to attend and attire of sports jerseys, T-shirts and other apparel is encouraged.
The event will feature free breakfast; door prizes; Wii Fit, ping pong and other games; a fitness expo with personal trainers and physical activity tips; blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index screenings and "ask the expert" information stations.
Also, a guest panel of sports coaches and former players will be leading discussions about sports medicine, strength training, conditioning and other men's health topics.
Anchored by a Congressional health education program, the national Men's Health Month is an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
"It is an unfortunate fact that men's health is often overlooked. We hear a lot about maternal and children's health, but we must also remember that there are gender disparities," says Aisha Langford, director of community outreach at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. "In particular, African American men are disproportionately affected by prostate cancer, heart disease and diabetes. With this event, we are hoping to raise awareness of preventable health problems and early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys."
Men's Health and Fitness Day
Time: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 26
Location: Marriott Conference Center at Eagle Crest, 1275 South Huron St., Ypsilanti
Information: To register, call 734-998-7071 or visit www.mcancer.org/outreach. Appointments needed for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index screenings.
Written by Tara Hasouris