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September 24, 2008 > Health for the Long Run: Washington Hospital to Host Men's Health Fair

Health for the Long Run: Washington Hospital to Host Men's Health Fair

Health Fair Will Include Health Screenings, Interactive Booths and a Panel Discussion

A man who looks out for his own health is giving a great gift to himself, his friends and family. Providing men with educational tools to improve their overall health is the goal of Washington Hospital's Men's Health Fair. The fair will highlight many specific issues that affect men's health including the importance of staying fit, eating right and routinely visiting a physician.

Scheduled to take place at Washington Hospital on Saturday, October 4, the health fair will focus on how men can reach their peak performance in their sporting activities and incorporate daily training to improve your health.

Interactive "Men's Tune Up" booths will share information on cardiac rehabilitation, stroke and heart attack prevention, diabetes, exercise and stretching, erectile dysfunction, prostate health, urinary incontinence and several other topics.

"The exciting news is that men are living longer thanks to advances in health care and science," says Albert Brooks, M.D., Chief of Medical Affairs at Washington Hospital. "The goal of this health fair is to help coach men into practicing good habits that can lead to quality long term health."

During lunch, expert panelists will talk about how to incorporate sports and exercise into a busy schedule. Dr. Brooks will moderate the discussion with a panel of Washington Hospital physicians including Dr. Ashay A. Kale, a Washington Hospital orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, a Washington Hospital cardiologist. The panel will also include Dr. Mark Saleh, a Washington Hospital urologist, and Michael Scates, PT, MS, DPT, a physical therapist and director of Washington Hospital's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center.

Also featured in the panel discussion will be former Golden State Warriors player and coach, Al Attles.

Learn From the Experts

Dr. Saleh will address prostate health and the wide range of medical therapies and surgical options for treatment of benign enlargement, including minimally invasive laser surgery.

"I will be fielding questions that men might have about the prostate or other questions regarding urinary tract health, benign enlargement of the prostate and other issues," he says. "Most men fairly early beginning in middle age will have a problem with benign enlargement to some degree or other. Getting up at night, frequency, weak stream, having to stand at the urinal for a prolonged period, these are all issues mostly due to enlargement of the prostate.

Michael Scates will talk about important steps to maintaining mobility throughout the aging process.

"I will be focusing on educating the older generation of men about osteoarthritis, the natural progression of the disease and how to slow its effects," Scates says. "By focusing on a few simple actions, men can do a lot to maintain good joint health as they age. I'm going to introduce some simple resistance exercises, which help maintain strength, one of the keys to better joint health."

Special Guest Speaker: Shooty Babbit

Shooty Babbit, a retired baseball player with the Oakland A's and current Major League Baseball scout will share his personal story and offer his own insight on healthy aging.

"Our team of experts will discuss men's issues in an open forum that will resonate with men from all walks of life," says Dr. Brooks. "We want to help educate men about important health topics and help men become more confident in making decisions about their own care."
Women are Encouraged to Attend

Women play a crucial role in helping men stay healthy. That's why spouses, girlfriends and women that are interested in learning more about men's health issues are encouraged to attend. All participants attending the fair will receive a healthy lunch and gift bag.

Reach Your Peak Performance!

Learn how to improve your health through exercise and sports. The Men's Health Fair will be held on Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D., Auditorium at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont. Registration is required. Call (800) 963-7070 for more information or to register.

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