Wheaton Franciscan to hold health, wellness summit

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Brain Brawn & Body, a website dedicated to men’s health, will commemorate Men’s Health Month with an inaugural free health and wellness summit on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Journey House, 2110 W. Scott St. in Milwaukee.

While the focus is on health issues that affect men of color, the summit will provide information to assist everyone with their health concerns.

A variety of health and wellness workshops will begin at 8:30 a.m., including physician-led workshops and free wellness checks by Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; HIV/AIDS and sexual health by the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin; mental health awareness by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; health care career options presented by Milwaukee Area Technical College; responsible living presented by the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative;  and cooking with diabetes healthy cooking demonstrations.

The day will also feature a Wake Up Warm Up exercise session led by former Green Bay Packer Leroy Butler and professional fitness trainers; a football clinic for youth ages 13 to 18 conducted by another former Packer, Gilbert Brown; a session featuring an “Athletes in Action” panel presentation by former Packers George Koonce and Harry Sydney; and straight-talk health sessions through the “Brother to Brother” discussion and an “Ask the Experts” panel with Wheaton medical professionals.

“For the third consecutive year, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare has played a key role in raising awareness about the importance of men’s health,” said Eric Ford, vice president of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group Operations. “This event is designed to continue to engage men and their loved ones in conversation and information sharing about the importance of routine check-ups and preventative health exams.”

Men’s Health Month has been celebrated nationally since 1994. In 2013, Milwaukee became one of few cities in the nation to recognize the occasion.

For more information, call (414) 791-8464 or visit www.brainbrawnbody.com.

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