A free Sportsmen's Health Expo will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 4-6 p.m. at Walker Baptist Medical Center's main lobby. "We had one last year. We're going to try to make it an …
A free Sportsmen's Health Expo will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 4-6 p.m. at Walker Baptist Medical Center's main lobby.
"We had one last year. We're going to try to make it an annual event," said Suzanne Pugh, an associate administrator at the Jasper hospital. "We're going to have a hunting simulator there. We're going to be giving away a kayak and some other sportsmen related items."
The aim of the event is not just to have fun but to causally start conversations about the health of the men attending. She said many times men don't have time to speak with a provider or just don't have interest in seeing a doctor.
Physicians will be on hand at the event to have informal conversations about ailments.
"This gives them a venue to have some key screenings done," including screenings or assessments for blood pressure cholesterol, skin cancer, lung health, grip, balance, sleep, rehab, and body mass index, she said. These are initial screenings to identify if any issues need be followed up on at a later date.
"They'll be some doctors down there," Pugh said. "It's a good chance just to stop by. It doesn't take a long time. You can move through it pretty quickly."
Free health screenings, food, local vendors, door prizes and other giveaways will take place. Medical information will be handed out.
Females are also invited to attend. "It's going to be geared toward men, but women can certainly come," she said.
Pugh emphasized that the event is free, including the food. "No one has to pay anything. They can just show up for some screenings. They can sign up for some giveaways and eat supper," Pugh said.
In order to know how many are coming for screening kits and food, pre-registration is encouraged by calling 1-833-239-8483 or going to BrookwoodBaptistHealth.com/Sportsmen. A number of walk-ins are also being accounted for.