Elmhurst Hospital’s third annual participation in Men’s Health Week, enacted under the Clinton administration and sponsored by the Men’s Concerns Committee, was held in June.
The aim is to improve the health of the hospital's male employees through disease prevention, encouraging early detection and treatment.
Medical adviser Dr. Alfred Winkler helped coordinate the event, where many participants answered a questionnaire regarding their health concerns and risk factors for educational and referral purposes. Many of these participants then consulted appropriate medical practitioners and counselors.
“We want to have employees do prevention and early detection via annual physicals and timely screenings,” said Adam Gordon, co-chair of the Men’s Concerns Committee. “They should not wait until symptoms appear before taking action.”
Twenty out of 40 men were detected with high blood pressure or being pre-hypertensive and offered counseling.
“We signed up ten men for our Smoking Cessation Program, which is also open and free to the public,” said James Pomper, a registered nurse who assisted during health week. “Some had previously failed to break the habit but, with encouragement, were willing to give it another try.” Meanwhile, a six-week Walking Challenge concluded at the end of July. For three days a week, hospital staff brok into fast-speed and moderate-speed groups and walked the streets of Elmhurst, taking in the sights while getting a cardiovascular workout.
“The best thing was after the challenge people continued singly or collectively walking during their breaks,” said Ron Gornie, director of the Employee Assistance Program.
Juan Pinilla, supervisor of Hospital Care Investigators, heard from colleagues about the challenge and quickly joined. “I thought it was great as an exercise and a break from stress,” he said.