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Men take part in healthy competition, screenings

June 27, 2011

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Lawrence dentist Dr. Jim Otten performs a free screening on Lawrence resident Tom Dobski during the Hoops for Men’s Health event at Allen Fieldhouse. The event featured vendors and free health screenings aimed to promote the importance of men’s health, especially preventive health care. Otten offered screenings for oral cancer, sleep-disordered breathing, bite problems and aesthetics. “Men need to pay more attention to their health,” Dobski said.

Lawrence dentist Dr. Jim Otten performs a free screening on Lawrence resident Tom Dobski during the Hoops for Men’s Health event at Allen Fieldhouse. The event featured vendors and free health screenings aimed to promote the importance of men’s health, especially preventive health care. Otten offered screenings for oral cancer, sleep-disordered breathing, bite problems and aesthetics. “Men need to pay more attention to their health,” Dobski said.

John Henderson, of Lawrence, sinks a free throw during the Hoops for Men’s Health free throw competition held Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

John Henderson, of Lawrence, sinks a free throw during the Hoops for Men’s Health free throw competition held Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Lawrence resident Craig McCauley browsed from booth to booth Sunday afternoon at the inaugural Hoops for Men’s Health event at Allen Fieldhouse.

McCauley checked his blood pressure and oral health, and received recommendations for local physicians. His family made him go, McCauley said, admitting to a strong aversion to annual checkups.

“I’m horrible about going to doctors,” said McCauley, a vocal music teacher at West Middle School. But he said Sunday’s event was a fun way to take some time and focus on “regearing” his health plan.

And it’s that occasional health “regearing” that men sometimes need more than women, said Kathy Clausing-Willis, vice president of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

“We need you to be healthy,” said Clausing-Willis, adding that the women in a man’s life are often the peer pressure that gets them to make important health changes.

Numerous health screenings were offered free of charge, including blood pressure and glucose checks, body fat analysis, and even consultation in how to strengthen a golf swing. During a luncheon at the fieldhouse, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger provided encouragement for men looking to improve their health.

Sunday’s event also used a bit of trickery to increase attendance, as Clausing-Willis said organizers used the competitive nature of American men to their advantage. Many showed up Sunday for the free throw contest, where teams of four competed. The hoops at the fieldhouse were filling up all afternoon, and proceeds from the $25 entry fees benefit the LMH Endowment Association.

Comments

usnsnp 2 years, 9 months ago

Have a question, how many U.S. Citizens leave the U.S. in a year for medical treatment, bet it is a higher percentage than that of Canada.

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PaladKik 2 years, 9 months ago

Go to Canada sandraberry. It appears there will be short lines.

Canadians Leaving Country for Medical Care

Faced with long waits for treatment in a single-payer healthcare system, thousands of Canadians leave the country each year to seek medical care elsewhere. Last year an estimated 44,794 Canadians received treatment outside Canada, up from 41,006 in 2009, according to a report from the Fraser Institute. Nearly 5,000 patients left Canada for general surgery, and almost 6,000 sought treatment elsewhere from a urologist. They leave Canada “either in response to the unavailability of certain treatments, in response to concerns about quality, or in response to long wait times for medically necessary treatment,” according to Nadeem Esmail, the Institute’s former director of health system performance studies and manager of the Alberta Policy Research Center. The mounting medical exodus parallels an increase in the wait time for necessary treatment. The national median delay in receiving care after consultation with a specialist was 9.3 weeks last year, up from 8 weeks in 2009. Esmail adds: “The estimate likely underestimates the actual number of patients who received treatment outside the country

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sandraberry 2 years, 9 months ago

After I pay monthly insurance premiums I can't afford the co-payment to go. Honestly, they got you where they want you, only solution is "Penny Health" trying to find a solution for this

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