URMC Presents Men’s Health Day Sept. 10

Aug. 9, 2010
NFL Pro Football Legend Gale Sayers to Give Keynote Address

Living and aging well is more than a matter of good genes or luck. To offer men the tools they need to live long and vital lives, the University of Rochester Medical Center will present Men’s Health Day, a day of information and education for men ages 45 and older, beginning at 8.a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rochester.

URMC specialists will present sessions on healthy aging, cardiovascular health, mini-strokes, andropause and the latest treatments for back pain. In addition to the talks, the day will include health screenings, hands-on demonstrations, giveaways, healthy snacks, breakfast and lunch, and deluxe raffle prizes. Attendees also can take advantage of an on-site flu clinic for those presenting valid health insurance I.D. cards*.

Featured speaker will be Gale Sayers, legendary Chicago Bear running back and College and Pro Football Hall of Famer. Known as “The Kansas City Comet,” Sayers is considered by many to have been one of the greatest running backs in football history, bursting upon the pro football scene in 1965 and shattering sports records until he left the game in 1972.

Sayers is no stranger to the ups and downs of health issues, having experienced a series of sports injuries that forced his premature retirement from the game he loved. His best-selling autobiography, “I Am Third,” tells the story of his friendship with cancer-stricken teammate, Brian Piccolo, which became the subject of the award-winning film, “Brian’s Song.” Now retired from sports Sayers is an example of successful aging. He is also a business owner, internet technology entrepreneur, motivational speaker and active philanthropist.

The event will open with a presentation on “Aging Gracefully,” by nationally known expert William Hall, M.D. Hall is the director of the Center for Health and Aging at Highland Hospital, the Paul Fine Professor of Medicine at URMC, and former president of the American College of Physicians. Hall recently co-authored “Taking Charge of Your Health – A Guide to Getting the Best Health Care as You Age.”

Speakers for the breakout sessions include:

·        Robert Molinari, M.D., associate professor and director of the Spinal Surgery Fellowship Program and an internationally recognized expert in complex spinal surgery.

·        Clifford Everett, M.D., M.P.H., a physical medicine and rehabilitation expert specializing in the non-surgical treatment of lower-back pain and spinal disorders such as spinal stenosis and sciatica.

·        Babak Jahromi, M.D., Ph.D.,associate professor, Department of Neurosurgery. 

URMC CEO Bradford Berk, M.D., Ph.D., will give the closing address. In 2009, Berk survived a serious biking accident that threatened to leave him permanently paralyzed. While continuing his rehabilitation, Berk resumed his role as CEO in March 2010.

Tickets for the event are $15 and include free parking at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, breakfast, lunch, giveaways and prizes. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (585) 275-2838.

For more information, visit the website at Men’s Health Day at http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/mens-health/.

*The URMC Flu Clinic is a not-for-profit service and offers direct billing to Medicare and most major insurance plans including Excellus/Blue Cross and Blue Shield, MVP, Aetna, and United Healthcare. Individuals will be invoiced directly if their insurance company does not cover the cost of the flu vaccination.