Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
Marketing/Public Relations Department, Marcus Johnson
AMERICUS, GA -- More than 300 men came out for Phoebe Sumter's fourth annual Men's Health Conference, which was held Saturday at the Student Success Center on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University.
This year’s focus was on breaking the silence on Hypertension, which is known as the silent killer because often there are no symptoms for either men or women.
“Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a big concern for our entire country and especially the Southern States such as Georgia,” said Marcus Johnson, Marketing & PR Director for Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. “Approximately 67 million Americans, about 1 out 3, have hypertension and many don’t even know it, so we wanted to use this conference as a chance to talk about it and make sure the men in our community are aware of what they can do to combat it.”
Johnson stated that the parking lot was full at 6:40 am and that it was a steady crowd the whole morning.. Participants were given the opportunity to have a number of free screenings, including cholesterol & glucose, diabetes and blood pressure. In addition to the screenings, participants visited vendors who were on hand and got a chance for a little exercise during a Zumba presentation. Dr. Jeremy Joyner (General Surgery) spoke about Weight Loss Surgery and Dr. Malcolm Floyd (Family Practice) talked about Hypertension and how it affects overall health.
A number of local organizations were on hand for the event, including motorcycle clubs, sororities and fraternities and many students from local high schools, colleges and universities.
"We are so thankful for everyone who came out for this event," said Johnson. "We also have to thank all of our volunteers who make this event an annual success: our employees, community members, local businesses and especially our physicians. All of these people take time out of their busy schedule to provide these services for the men in our community, and I know I speak for everyone at Phoebe Putney Health System and Phoebe Sumter when I say we appreciate their dedication to helping us promote healthy lifestyles in our community.”
“ Last but certainly not least, we want to thank Dr. Blanchard and everyone at Georgia Southwestern State University for their hospitality and for allowing us to have the event at their fine institution,” said Johnson. “The GSW Nursing Students also are invaluable in helping us during this event. We look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2014”.
PHOTO: Participants at this year’s health conference did a number of physical activities during the event, including stretching exercises while they sat in their chairs.