Napoleon Lynn may sleep better at night after attending the Men’s Health Fair Saturday at the Dothan Civic Center.
Lynn, of Dothan, said he found the health fair, coordinated and hosted by Southeast Alabama Medical Center, very helpful. Lynn went to the fair to get his vision checked and for the stroke assessment.
But Lynn said he also received some advice from officials with the Sleep Disorders Center booth.
“She helped me with my sleep apnea,” Lynn said.
Lynn said he also specifically came to get his prostate tested, which he did by giving medical personnel a sample of his blood.
Dr. Rob Schuyler, a doctor with Urological Associates, said the doctors and medical personnel worked booths at the fair Saturday to promote health and wellness for men in the Wiregrass. He said Urological Associates was one of the founding doctor practices who started the fair with the medical center 23 years ago.
Schuyler encouraged men who come to the fair to actually get the free lab work done, which includes several screenings and tests. He said of all the people who attend the fair each year only about 50 percent actually get the free blood work and screenings.
Schuyler said the blood work include s a prostate specific antigen or PSA test, testing for testosterone levels, along with testing blood sugar levels.
“I think it’s about $575 worth of blood work they get free,” Schuyler said.
Schuyler recommended men specifically get the blood work testing done once a year, especially men over the age of 50.
Gloria Biddings, a spokesperson for the medical center, said event included 40 health care vendors, which she said was about five more than last year. Some of the services and vendors included a stroke assessment, a grip strengthening booth, a height and weight analysis in correlation with body fat, Southeast Alabama Home HealthCare, Sleep Disorders Center, Dothan Eyecare, Southeast Cancer Center, Urological Associates, the Southern Clinic, Southeast Vein and Laser Center and others.
“It’s also a way to introduce new physicians to the community,” Biddings said. Buddy B. Stokes II and Pratik D. Shah, both new doctors in the area, worked the booth from the Southern Clinic medical practice.
Debbie Ingram Ward, a spokesperson for the medical center, said it’s the first year the health fair has offered an information booth explaining the patient portal.
Ingram Ward said anyone who has been a patient overnight at the medical center after July 1 should have received an email with instructions on how to register. She said the Patient Portal gives patients an opportunity to view and print out their medical summary, including a list of medications and lab results.
Patients may sign up through the link in the email they received, or at mysamc.org. People who register at the Patient Portal become eligible to win an iPad given away in a drawing every three months, according to a leaflet passed out at the fair.
Albert Holloway, of Dothan, said he comes to the health fair every year, and each time he’s learned something new.
“I’ve got a lot of good information. There’s a lot of benefits from it. I come every year,” Holloway said as he carried around a plastic bag full of leaflets and pens from the various health clinics.
Holloway filled out his checklist of vendors to visit and turned it in, which made him eligible for a door prize.
“I even won a door prize. It makes it more fun. It seems like it gets better every year,” Holloway said as he carried a new duffel bag. “If it hadn’t been for the health fair I probably wouldn’t have found out about my diabetes.”
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