Keeping men healthy

HANCOCK – Held in the larger space of Hancock Central High School, Portage Health’s annual Men’s Health Tune-Up was again a success.

About 150 people participated in this year’s event Saturday, the fourth annual, said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator at Portage Health.

Luskin said the purpose is to provide health information for men in the Copper Country in a fun and relaxing setting.

“We want to give you some health information, and have fun doing it,” she said.

For the first three years, the day took place at the Portage Health main campus. But with turnout growing bigger, this year they moved across the street to the school.

“I think it’s worked fantastic,” Luskin said. “Nice big auditorium, lots of space in the cafeteria, not congested.”

Participants received screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density and skin; physician David Kass went over normal ranges and ways to address problems. The group also used the auditorium for presentations on skin cancer, advanced foot and ankle care.

In the middle of the day, the men split off for breakout sessions, including a healthy cooking demo from nutrition services director Mark Pittillo, a session on sleep disorders from neurologist Christian Dinsmore and yoga for men with personal trainer Amanda Altobelli.

Paul Sajdak of Chassell was getting his blood pressure checked while waiting for the final presentation. He came as a way to stay healthy for his family.

“The value of everything you get here, you can’t beat it,” he said.

About to turn 50, Terry Dahl of Hancock thought it would be good to learn what might come in the future and how to avoid issues.

“I’m pretty active anyway, so I figured it was a good way to get more information on healthy living,” he said.

He said the most informational part was a breakout session on physical therapy.

“It was interesting to get the people’s questions and the answers from a rehab point of view and how they help cure them,” he said.