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Published on June 27, 2011

Free Throw Competition at Allen Fieldhouse for Men's Health

Dr. Tom Marcellino, Mt. Oread Family Practice, says seeing a physician can be life-saving. The important part of this is so men are aware that health is important, he said. They need to get into the doctor early.

Watch Theresa Freed, 6News Lawrence story online: http://bit.ly/jrGJrV

By Theresa Freed on June 26, 2011

An estimated 120 people turned out Sunday for the first ever LMH Endowment Association Hoops for Men’s Health event. The wellness fair featured informational booths just outside of the Allen Fieldhouse arena, with a free throw competition happening on the court. Organizers say bringing the event to the Fieldhouse is a great way to get men interested in taking care of themselves. “Men are notorious for not getting screened, going to the doctor for regular physicals, and this seemed like a good way to focus attention on that,” Ted Haggart said, LMH Endowment Association.

Earlier in the afternoon, those attending were treated to a luncheon with guest speaker Sheahon Zenger, KU Athletics Director. He told the group about the importance of paying attention to their health. KU Chancellor Bernedette Gray Little and her husband were also spotted at the event.

Booths provided information about a wide variety of medical issues, including colon health and diabetes. Men could have their body mass index measured, among other things. Dr. Tom Marcellino, Mt. Oread Family Practice, says seeing a physician can be life-saving. “The important part of this is so men are aware that health is important,” he said. “They need to get into the doctor early.”

Organizers say there are a lot of different health events centered on women’s issues, but this is the only one that exclusively caters to the men. They hope this is the first of many Hoops for Men’s Health fairs to come.

All money raised Sunday, goes to the LMH Endowment Association which provides medical equipment.

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