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Coosa Valley Medical Center health event provides opportunity for men to take charge of their health

SYLACAUGA -- The Coosa Valley Medical Center’s fifth annual Men’s Health Event on Thursday was successful for several reasons, including providing an excellent opportunity for men to gain knowledge about their personal health.

It also featured special guest speaker Greg McElroy, college football analyst for the SEC Network and former Alabama quarterback who started on the Tide’s 2010 BCS national championship team.

More than 380 attended the annual event, said Vanessa Green, chief business development officer.

The event was held at J. Craig Smith Community Center with a pre-game gathering that had game day snacks from popcorn to homemade salsa.

Also men attending were given the opportunity to participate in a health fair prior to dinner and McElroy’s speech.

The health screenings measured blood pressure, weight and height, body mass index, PSA or prostate, and more.

Health information was available from a number of CVMC services as well as other medical organizations.

A representative of a new service at the hospital provided information on New Vision, a medical stabilization service for people with drug, alcohol and health related issues. For more information, call 256-401-4420.

Others providing information were:

• Coosa Valley Hematology and Oncology with more than 50 years of experience among its board-certified physicians. These physicians are Dr. Allen Yeilding, Dr. Khaleel Ashraf, Dr. Mark Bridges and Dr. David Mooney. The group is in the professional building on W. Spring Street.

• Central Alabama Digestive Disease and Nutritional Center with Dr. Bashar A. Hakim at 126 South Anniston Ave.

• Coosa Valley Fitness and Wellness Center designed for both men and women, open seven days a week, at 116 S. Mobile Ave.

• American Heart Association and American Stroke Association offering tips on changing one’s eating habits.

• Coosa Valley Therapy offers physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports medicine.

Glenn Sisk, hospital CEO, welcomed the public to the event, saying it was an opportunity for those men attending to take advantage of the screenings all in one place. He said events with guest speakers like McElroy attract large crowds because it is getting to be time for football.

The event has become a commercial success gathering hundreds of men each time, along with women.

McElroy encouraged the men to take advantage of the event, and pursue the necessary measures to remain healthy.