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Men's Health Month
June 20, 2014

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox This month is devoted to focusing on men's health.

"Typically you see people wearing red, or wearing pink for women's health issues, but men's health issues aren't really things you see in the news as predominantly," said Sharon Covert, director of the PEIA Pathways to Wellness program.

While health experts say women typically see their doctor for an annual checkup, oftentimes men wait until they are having a problem to seek medical advice.

"Men unfortunately are not good about prevention. They don't grow up with that in mind," said Dr. Michael W. Prewitt, Marshall University College of Health Professions Dean.

The COHP and PEIA teamed up for a men's health fair this week at the Memorial Student Center, focusing on screenings like blood sugar and blood pressure.

"The whole theme is really knowing your numbers and know what screenings men should have when they are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s," said Covert.

Anyone could stop by and get free screenings and information, but the event was geared more toward educating men about what types of screenings they should be getting at different stages in life. "It's very important. It really kind of heads off some things, particularly establishing good baselines early on so that as you follow your health over the years, you can if see are deteriorating or improving in some respects," said Prewitt.

They say it's a great way for not only faculty and staff, but also students to learn more about preventable health problems. "We need to establish these healthy behaviors as students so that when they things that they ought to be paying attention to," said Prewitt.

If you don't know where to start, Covert said to pick out a primary care doctor and go from there.

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