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More than 425 attend Men's Night Out on April 28

More than 425 men took part in Tri-County Health Care's ninth annual Men's Night Out health-education program on April 28 at Memorial Auditorium in Wadena.

Roxy Hejhal, TCH Foundation manager, was pleased with the turnout and the positive comments about Men's Night Out.

"Promoting men's health is what this event is all about," said Hejhal. "We couldn't be more pleased with the enormous response this event generates from the men within the communities we serve."

Men arrived early to take advantage of free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, PSA, thyroid, blood sugar and body fat analysis provided by Tri-County Hospital staff.

A soup and sandwich supper, catered by the Boondocks Café, was provided for the hungry attendees. Men who took part in the free health screenings were required to fast six hours before their health screenings for accurate results.

The evening program kicked off with a welcome by Interim TCH Foundation President, Joel Beiswenger, who thanked the men for attending Men's Night Out this year. Local radio personality Rick Youngbauer served as master of ceremonies for the evening program.

The evening's first presentation was by crowd favorite, family practice physician, Dr. Steve Davis, Wadena Medical Center, who gave a lighthearted presentation on the Stages of Man. Davis discussed the physical and psychosocial changes men experience throughout the aging process. He then answered questions from the audience.

Next on the program was the ever-popular question-and-answer panel featuring Davis, Dr. John Pate, family practice physician at Wadena Medical Center, and Travis Rasinski, physical therapist at TCH. They answered questions from the audience about a wide range of topics from orthopedics to proper exercise for men.

Rounding out the evening was guest speaker, Joe Schmit, former KSTP news/sports anchor. Schmit amused the crowd with lots of jokes and shared stories about the influential people he's met along his 28-year broadcasting journey. His stories, gleaned from covering the biggest names and events in sports, to making the transition from broadcast to the board room, kept the audience laughing and inspired to go from good to great. Schmit also shared his personal cancer story, having been diagnosed with lymphoma in May 2008. He stressed the importance of positive thinking, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle -- regardless of what curve balls life throws your way.