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The Doctor is “In”

I’ve been covering medical news at WSIL TV for almost four years now.  In that time, I’ve learned a lot.  Some of it has had an impact on me and helped make me a better person.  Or at least a healthier person.  Because of my position at WSIL, I was asked to be a part of the first ever Southern Illinois Men’s Health conference.  We first started meeting in 2008 to make this a reality.  It took a lot of work from a lot of dedicated men and women.  (We are afterall a part of the Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., which started the Women’s Health Conference in southern Illinois more than 20 years ago).

Lunch for 270 men.

When I first took on the role of co-chairman for this event some people told me I was crazy.  “Men will never attend something like that.  They don’t go to the doctor.”  Others were delighted to hear about it, saying it was a long time coming.  Most of those people were women.  I think that worked to our advantage.  I’m pretty sure these women went to their husbands, sons, fathers, brothers, etc. and encouraged them to attend this conference.  Not that you wouldn’t have wanted to attend without some nagging, I mean encouraging.  You see, this wasn’t just some kind of clinical setting.  The conference has a home at John A. Logan College in Carterville.   And last year 270 men signed up.

Blood screenings

Here’s how it works.  Or at least how it worked last year for the premiere event.  Men arrive and are able to get a variety of blood screenings taken care of right away.   The folks at Heartland Regional Medical Center screen for cholesterol, heart problems, and prostate issues.  After the screenings, they can head downstairs and grab some breakfast.  And yes, it is a healthier meal.  No biscuits and gravy.  But it is good none the less.

A back rub from one of our vendors

After their meal, they can visit the many exhibitor booths and have even more screenings.  Things like vision and hearing tests.  This year there will be colon cancer screenings too among others.  Men can also check out three different breakout sessions throughout the morning.  We cover everything too, and have some fun.  It’s not about lectures.  Some of the sessions are very hands on.

"Fit for Golf"

Men can learn how to improve their golf game, take a fitness assessment, and get work out tips.  In 2010, we will have a session aimed at helping men make healthy menu choices, WITHOUT breaking the bank.  Another session will focus on financial planning.  Attorneys will also present a course on estate planning.  One man who lost his wife will share his story with others who may be facing a similar fate.  Two cancer survivors will talk about their battle and how they overcame the disease.  Heart health, colon health, and prostate health will also be discussed.  And have you ever heard of male menopause?  It’s real and you’ll learn more.

Our theme this year

We’re also doing something different this year with the keynote address.  A panel of four doctors, with more than 100 years of experience treating patients in southern Illinois will answer your questions.  They’ll also tackle topics like obesity, exercise, and erectile dysfunction.   They’ll also talk about the importance of having a doctor and establishing a relationship with that physician.  This year we will prove that the Doctor is ‘In’.

There will be lots of cool prizes given away too.   The cost for the Southern Illinois Men’s Health Conference is $35.  That covers two meals, all those screenings, and the breakout sessions.   Preregistration is required.  Go to http://www.simenshealth.org or email simenshealth@gmail.com for more details.  Hope to see you on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

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