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Men’s health expo Saturday

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

The health status of men is significantly worse than that of women, say local health authorities, and a Men’s Sport and Health Expo will address that statistic Saturday.

“Despite the fact that men in the United States continue to have greater social and economic power than women, they are at greater risk of death than are women in every age group,” said Janet Brady, director of the Community Wellness Center.

Brady says one reason for the discrepancy between men and women’s death rate and age stems from society’s emphasis on “boys being boys.”

“Men are raised to feel like they are supposed to mask their pain,” said Brady. “Because of that, they are less likely (than women) to go to the emergency room … men will more typically brush off problems like chest pain, thinking it is indigestion, and it can cost life-saving minutes.”

In order to help raise awareness of men’s health issues and provide education and screenings, Tahoe Forest Hospital will present the annual Men’s Sports and Health Expo on Saturday, June 2 at the Tahoe Forest Medical Office Building on Donner Pass Road.

“The health fair is not meant to replace the yearly trip to the doctor,” said Brady. “But it is a good way for men to get some screenings done and learn about the different health issues that affect them.”

Morning workshops will begin at 10 a.m. with an hour-long presentation by Dr. William Kirby appropriately entitled, “What’s Up with Impotence.”

Dr. Timothy Lombard will follow with “The Heart You Save Might Be Your Own.”

A barbecue lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

The keynote presentation will be hosted by Elaine and Joe Sullivan and will address men’s communication and leadership issues.

The day will incorporate outdoor activities as well.

Afternoon events will include a fly fishing excursion on the Truckee River, a mountain bike ride, a hike and 18 holes of golf at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

Full day packages include the morning workshop, a “heart healthy gourmet lunch,” and participation in the afternoon sporting event of your choice for a cost of $25.

Half-day packages start at $20 and will include health fair screenings for hearing, vision, skin cancer, blood pressure, heart rate and more. Morning workshops are included in the price.

Brady thinks the event will help bring all crucial tests and screenings that men often overlook into one central location.

“Women in their teens are introduced to preventative care because of pap and pelvic exams,” said Brady. “Men in their teens through mid-life are not encouraged to maintain regular preventative care – in spite of the fact that men in their teens through twenties should be informed regarding testicular cancer prevention and self-exam.”

For more information about the Men’s Sports and Health Expo or for reservations or appointments for lab tests, call (530) 582-3483 or (800) 733-9953.


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