Men lined up before 8 a.m. at the 2011 Men’s Health Fair at Phoebe Healthworks. This year’s event is scheduled for this Saturday morning.
ALBANY -- With Father's Day in Albany comes a tradition designed to keep men healthier and happier.
The Father's Day weekend will be welcomed in with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's annual Men's Health Conference from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Phoebe HealthWorks, located at 311 W. Third Ave.
"'Healthy fathers and healthy families,' is what Phoebe's annual Men's Health Conference is all about and why this conference is one of the premier activities in the state," Phoebe Community Benefits Coordinator Darrell Sabbs said in a statement. "We promote healthy living and healthy lifestyles. It is important for men to know how to properly care for their bodies as we age and want to remain active."
The goal of the health conference, officials say, is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease and injury among men and boys.
Dr. Nur Nurbhai, a member of the Phoebe Orthopaedic Specialty Group, is one of the keynote speakers set for event. Following the theme "Weekend Warriors," Nurbhai will focus on how to keep healthy while improving a golf swing or taking on a 5K run or a pick-up basketball game.
Former National Football League player Bobby Howard, a national spokesman for organ and tissue donation, will talk about his kidney transplant, officials with Phoebe say. As an education specialist for LifeLink of Georgia, Howard works to increase awareness of the growing need for organ and tissue donation.
The conference will begin with health screenings for diabetes, height and weight, cholesterol and HIV. Blood pressure will also be checked.
Results of the tests are mailed directly to the participants. Attendees are asked to fast beginning at midnight before the screenings to allow for more accurate results.
Breakfast and lunch will be served during the morning and information booths as well as T-shirts -- while supplies last -- will be there.
The conference is free and open to men in the Albany-Dougherty area. There is no pre-registration, but questions may be directed to Sabbs at (229) 312-7121.