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June 14, 2014

Free men’s health event, breakfast set

THOMASVILLE — Good health is one of the best gifts you can give yourself — and your family — on Father’s Day.

It’s important to keep an eye on your health, even when you feel fine, and routine screenings can help you do just that. Routine screening tests will help you to stay on top of your game by detecting certain diseases early.

“Most people who have high blood pressure don’t even know it,” said Archbold Primary Care physician Dale Wing, MD.

According to the National Institutes of Health, men ages 18 and up should have their blood pressure checked every two years.

“If your blood pressure is 120-139/80-89 or higher, you should actually have it checked every year,” said Wing. “And if you have diabetes, heart disease, or kidney problems or are at risk for these diseases, you may need to be monitored more closely by your physician.”

High cholesterol levels are a leading cause of heart disease and often symptoms do not arise until the disease is in advanced stages.

“Men over the age of 34 should have their cholesterol checked every five years if their levels are normal, and more frequently if their levels are high or they are at risk for certain diseases,” said Wing.

“Early detection through routine screenings is important in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases,” said Wing.  “Lives have been saved through routine screenings, so we encourage everyone to take advantage of screening opportunities, even if they aren’t having any warning signs or symptoms.”

On Friday, Archbold Memorial Hospital will host a free men’s health event and breakfast in the hospital’s East Tower Williams Auditorium from 5:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. The free screenings will include blood pressure, height, weight, BMI, cholesterol and glucose screenings, kidney function testing, urinalysis and hearing tests. For best results, do not drink sweetened liquids or eat for at least six hours prior to the screening. Tests and results will be provided free to participants as a clinical outreach effort supporting Archbold’s core value of Community Benefit.

All participants of the screening will be entered for a chance to win several door prizes donated by local businesses, as well as a chance to win your choice of a pair of tickets to a UGA home football game, FSU home football game or the Atlanta Braves game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 4. Complimentary breakfast will also be served.

All screenings will be offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information on this screening event, call (229) 584-5520.

 

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