Beloved MN Twins Hall of Famer headlines TCHC Men's Night Out
Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer, spoke to more than 650 men at the 10th annual "Men's Night Out" health-education program on April 19 at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. It was the biggest attendance ever recorded in the 10 years Tri-County Hospital has been hosting Men's Night Out in Wadena.
Many came out to see the 74-year-old baseball legend, Harmon Killebrew, speak. And, he didn't disappoint the audience either. Killebrew talked about his own health history; he suffers from atrial fibrillation, and has dealt with a variety of other health ailments throughout the years. But, Killebrew has overcome them all, and is currently doing very well. It showed. He looked fit and spry as he shared stories about his baseball years with the crowd - many who sported Twins jerseys, T-shirts, and baseball caps. Killebrew, who continues to be very involved in the Minnesota Twins organization, is still humbled by his success, and his distinction as a Hall of Famer.
Cardiologist, and visiting specialist at TCH, Dr. Jamie Pelzel, talked about atrial fibrillation after an introduction by the master of ceremonies, local radio personality, Rick Youngbauer.
The evening also included a question-and-answer panel, one of the most popular segments of the night. The expert medical panel included Pelzel, Dr. Steve Davis, Wadena Medical Center family practice physician, and Dr. Ben Hess, WMC family practice physician. They answered questions from the audience about a wide range of health topics from sleep disturbances to exercise, and everything in between.
Men arrived early for health screenings for prostate, glucose, pulmonary function test, body fat analysis, cholesterol, thyroid, and blood pressure provided by TCH staff and M-State, Wadena, nursing students. Boondocks Café provided soup and sandwiches for the hungry attendees, who had to fast six hours before their health screenings for accurate results.
Men's Night Out is a free educational event on men's health for males 18 years and older.