Baton Rouge General’s Healthy Men Event is Saturday, February 19 | Health and fitness

Baton Rouge General Medical Center will host a screening event for men at its Mid City campus from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, as part of The Healthy Men Project.

Launched in November, the campaign encourages men aged 30 to 50 to be more proactive about their health.

The event is free, but registration is required. brgeneral.org/healthymen.

“We know that men tend to delay seeking health care and ignore their symptoms, so just thinking and talking about their health is a huge first step for many men,” said Dr. Ubaid Abbasi, family doctor at Mid City. Campus. “Many men 40 and under assume they are healthy, without considering that they might have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, both of which are risk factors for heart disease and stroke. cerebral if they are not under control.”

Participants will have several opportunities to check their health status. After the screenings, they will also have a one-on-one consultation with a hospital provider to discuss their results.

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Screenings include:

  • cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure test
  • assessment of grip strength and balance
  • body fat percentage scale and waist circumference check
  • allergy screening with The Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center
  • eye assessments with Williamson Eye Center
  • flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines

Sixty-five percent of men say they avoid going to the doctor for as long as possible. Experts attribute this to a variety of reasons, but the two main ones are stigma and “superhero syndrome.” Many men accept the stigma that they should be strong enough to handle things on their own. They may convince themselves that seeing a doctor is a sign of weakness and that their condition will improve on its own.

In an annual Cleveland Clinic survey, most men (82%) said they try to stay healthy to live longer for family and friends who rely on them, but only half say they get these essential preventive care.

For more information, visit brgeneral.org/healthymen.

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