LAURINBURG — A health event this week at Scotland Memorial Hospital was held to give men the instruments they need to take care of themselves.
More than 40 guys took part in Tuesday’s Tools for Healthy Living: Men’s Health Event.
The two-part event was held over two days in June, which is also Men’s Health Month. It included free health screenings on Saturday with panel discussion and results of the screening on Tuesday at the W.R. Dulin Conference Center.
The Men’s Health Event is sponsored by the Scotland Memorial Foundation and is in its 14th year.
The screenings were for cholesterol, A1C, blood pressure and PSA blood tests to screen for prostate cancer. The five biggest preventable causes of death in men are hearth disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
Around 45.3 million men over 20 years old have high cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. As cholesterol levels rise so do health risks such as heart attacks and stoke. According to the American Cancer Society, one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime with six out of 10 cases being in men 65 and older.
“This event enables us to offer quality services to the men of the area as well as giving them plenty of information to help educate them,” said Kirsten Dean, executive director of Scotland Memorial Foundation. “It’s a big deal that we’re able to do this through philanthropic events and the generosity of the people who donate.”
Panelists included Dr. Glenn Harris with Harris Family Practice and Dr. Jeffery Klotz with Scotland Cancer Treatment Center.
The discussion included how to avoid heat-related injuries to the importance of sunscreen and skin care to prevent skin cancer.
“It’s an opportunity to learn about health,” Harris said. “It’s one thing to be in the doctor’s office with just your doctor but to be in a space with other men and hear their questions brings up topics you wouldn’t have thought about.”
Several of those in attendance have been coming to the event for years. Laurinburg resident Nolan Wooten said he wouldn’t miss the session.
“I want to keep up my good health and so far so good,” Wooten said. “I like getting the tests done here and at the doctor so I can see how I’m doing throughout the year. It’s a great program and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
The event also had exhibitors from different parts of the Scotland Memorial Hospital including the wound center, inpatient and outpatient rehab services, and marketing.
Funding for the free event were made from the annual FUNd Run-4-Life and Putting on the Ritz, A Gala of Giving.
For information on the Scotland Memorial Foundation, call 910-291-7551.