Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association Hosts Hoops for Men's Health at Allen Fieldhouse

June 26, 2011


062611aaa_263_4891597.jpegCommunity members from around Lawrence took part in Hoops for Men’s Health at Allen Fieldhouse Sunday. The event promoted the importance of men’s health, while also allowing participants to shoot baskets in legendary Allen Fieldhouse. The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association (LMHEA) hosted the inaugural event that brought men’s health experts and specialists from across Kansas to help educate men on essential health issues.

Participants began the day by having the opportunity to interact with vendors and specialists at the health fair. A variety of screenings and exhibits were set up for all individuals to check out. Screenings and exhibits included: cholesterol screenings, stress tests, BMI (Body Mass Index) readings, proper nutrition, flexibility screenings, blood pressures, body fat, waist circumference, finger stick glucose, and more.

“Many men need to take a more active role in protecting their own health,” said Ted Haggart, President of Douglas County Bank and a member of the LMHEA Board of Directors who was on hand Sunday. “It’s important to our families and friends, as well as our own well being. Today’s event is a fun way to learn how we all can take better care of ourselves.”

The event also featured a luncheon that was hosted in the Naismith Room of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics. Kansas Athletics Director, Dr. Sheahon Zenger, was the featured speaker at the luncheon and spoke to those in attendance about men’s health issues.

062611aaa_263_4891593.jpeg“In college athletics, we’ve worked to highlight women’s health issues for years, and for us it makes sense to focus on men’s health as well,” Zenger said. “I have many friends and colleagues who need to make their health a priority and I hope this effort helps call attention to the importance of men’s health.”

To end the day, participants had a chance to take part in a free throw shooting contest that took place on the Allen Fieldhouse court. Teams of 4, as well as individuals, participated in the competition that brought dozens of men into Allen Fieldhouse for some fun and healthy competition.