On Saturday, June 12, Advocate Trinity Hospital hosted a Men's Health Expo at Jesse Owens Park's new field house located at 8800 S. Clyde Ave in Chicago. The event helped raise awareness about issues that affect men's health including kidney disease and prostate cancer. Other screenings included cholesterol, diabetes, HIV and cardiac/stroke risk. Educational lectures were also presented on topics ranging from cardiovascular disease to cancer. After the presentations, Trinity physicians took questions from the audience and distributed educational materials.
Bruce Herron, a former Chicago Bears football player who helped organize the event, spoke about the importance of taking charge of one's health. "We need to keep our men around longer," he said. "Trinity Hospital is doing so much to ensure that these types of health resources are available to the community. I want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the screenings that are being offered."
The event's organizers were extremely pleased with the turnout, which included over 150 attendees. John Jones, a 77-year-old participant, said, "I think this health fair is great. I usually go to the Veterans Association to get my check-ups, but they are closed on the weekend. This was a really convenient way for me to still get the tests I need." Although many seniors participated, men of all ages took advantage of the free screenings. Ola Craig, a 32-year-old local resident, said, "I wanted to get myself tested to see what's going on with my body. I feel better knowing that everything turned out okay."
Chicago radio station WVON-AM broadcasted live from the event. Matt McGill, from the Matt and Perry Show, interviewed former NFL player Reggie Smith about the importance of getting annual check-ups. "My health was not always a top priority," said Smith, "but as I got older, I realized that I was not going to live forever and needed to start taking better care of myself. As a man, I want to ensure that I will be around to take care of my family for a long, long time. That is why I believe seeing your doctor on a regular basis is one of the most masculine things you can do." Other former NFL players that attended included Ike Hill from the Chicago Bears.
Jackie Rouse, Trinity's manager of community health, was glad the hospital was pleased with the turnout of men. She said, "I hope everyone that attended found the information and screenings valuable. Whether you are a man or woman, your health should be a top priority."
Photo Caption 1- Matt, from Matt and Perry Show on WVON-AM, interviews former NFL player Reggie Smith.
Photo Caption 2- Bruce Herron, a former Chicago Bears football player, posed with Trinity hospital president Jon Bruss and representatives from Senator Donne E. Trotter's office.
Photo Caption 3- Men of all ages took advantage of the free screenings offered at the health fair.
Photo Caption 4- Herbert User, M.D. gave a lecture about prostate health while participants enjoyed a complimentary lunch.