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Men’s Health Summit May 8, 2010

Tuesday May 4, 2010

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Center for Health Equity will hold a Men’s Health Summit on Saturday May 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center located at 144 N. Sixth St. The event is free and men of all ages are encouraged to attend.

“A 2007 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report indicated that men are much more likely than women to avoid healthcare – especially preventive healthcare - until the need is acute, often until after it is too late,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, director. “Louisville men verify this. Local focus group data indicate that men in Louisville often seek healthcare only when their health is in crisis such as when they find blood in their urine or when they are in severe pain.”

The keynote speaker for the Summit will be Dr. A. J. Franklin, author of From Brotherhood to Manhood – How Black Men Rescue Their Relationships and Dreams from the Invisibility Syndrome. The event will also feature a presentation by Mozziz “Coach Mo” DeWalt. Louisville resident DeWalt was a recent contestant on the NBC reality show Biggest Loser where he lost more than 100 pounds.

Men attending the summit will be able to take advantage of free glucose, blood pressure, prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS screenings. There will also be free haircuts, free massages and free childcare. Free TARC vouchers are also available for transportation to and from the event.

To register or to learn more about the Men’s Health Summit, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/health or phone 574-6616.