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Men's Heath Conference at Phoebe Putney Health

Wright Benson has his blood drawn at the 11th Annual Men’s Health Conference at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Saturday. Benson said he attends the event every year.

Wright Benson has his blood drawn at the 11th Annual Men’s Health Conference at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Saturday. Benson said he attends the event every year.

ALBANY, Ga. -- More then 300 men used the annual Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Men's Health Conference as their yearly checkup by 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The conference offered free health screenings including diabetes screening, cholesterol, HIV and blood pressure from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Phoebe Healthworks, 311 Third Avenue. The conference is held the day before Father's Day every year.

"In this day and age with the economy the way it is, people don't have insurance and we offer what we think of as a free doctor's visit," said Darrell Sabbs, Phoebe community benefits coordinator. "Many times men won't have a family doctor, but they'll come here."

Sabbs added, "The goal is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease and injury among men and boys."

At the conference physician Devell Young spoke about diabetes and how men should exercise, eat healthy low-carbohydrate meals and learn their family medical history so they can discuss it with their physician.

Former Tampa Bay Bucanneer Bobby Howard spoke on organ donation and how his life was saved in 1994 by a kidney transplant. He has since dedicated himself to organ and tissue donation education.

Education is part of why Murral Wiley always takes advantage of the Men's Health Conference every year.

"I'm a regular. I like to hear the speakers and I never miss a year," Wiley said. "I keep up with my health tests. I have to come here. I have no insurance or doctor."

The conference also featured music, therapeutic massages, free haircuts, eyesight checkups, tables full of health literature and healthy food and beverages.