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Gale Sayers
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NFL Hall of Famer Draws a Big Crowd at Men's Health Day

13WHAM-TV - Gale Sayers, legendary Chicago Bears running back, was the keynote speaker at University of Rochester Medical Center's "Men's Health Day."

It was a full house today at the Hyatt Hotel downtown.

400 people, mostly men, came to learn more about their health and taking care of themselves.

Ron Kampff, of Webster, says, "believe it or not, I'm at that age that you need to start worrying about cholesterol and strokes and heart problems, and I just thought it would be interesting to learn a little bit about what it's like to get old I guess."

Most people, like Jim, came to learn.

"They bring to mind a lot of pointers of aging gracefully, which was one of the topics," he explains.

Others, needed a little more motivation. Instead of going to the doctors, they were brought out to the event by a big guest.

Michael Zollo came from Greece. "I'm here for the health event, to learn more about education, and the big thing that got me here is Gale Sayers."

NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers drew a big crowd, and brought a very serious message.

"A lot of people are dying because they're not taking care of their bodies," Sayers says. "I had my parents die in the 50s because they didn't take care of their bodies."

17 departments from the medical center were on hand to give talks, provide health screenings, even give flu shots.

Now in it's 7th year, the men's health event is drawing more people than ever.

Dr. Jean Josephe, Professor of Urology & Oncology at URMC says, "it is one of the biggest years. Each year has gotten bigger. It started out as prostate cancer, but as we're addressing other health issues, more and more men are finding interest in it."

Several doctors at the event said there is such a big draw because men typically don't take the same initiative in health education as women, so the all-in-one format helps.

The annual Women's Health Day takes place next Thursday at the Hyatt and Convention Center downtown.
Source : Originally Published 13WHAM-TV, Oct 9, 2010
Celebrities : Gale Sayers
Categories : Celebrity Health News, Speakers News, Athlete News
Posted 10/9/2010 05:10:02 PM | Permalink
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