Scotland Foundation urges guys to ‘man up’ for better health


LAURINBURG — With Father’s Day right around the corner, Scotland Memorial Foundation is reminding dads and all other guys to take care of their health.

The foundation will kick off its annual Men’s Health Event in two parts. There was a free health screenings on Saturday and an evening event later in the month. June is Men’s Health Month.

The evening event will be held in Pembroke on June 23 at The Boys and Girls Club of the Lumbee Tribe. It is planned for 5:45 to 8 p.m.

The Boys and Girls Club is located at 120 Youth Drive.

The evening includes a buffet dinner and a physician panel discussion. The panel will include, Dr. Ralph Carter, orthopedic surgeon – OrthoCarolina-Scotland; Dr. William Harris, cardiologist – FirstHealth Cardiology Services; and Dr. Leslie Salloum, general surgeon – Scotland Surgical & GI.

“The expertise of our physicians is invaluable in helping the participants learn more about health issues, diseases, screenings and health tests,” said Kirsten Dean, executive director of Scotland Memorial Foundation. “The men enjoy the opportunity to be a part of the discussion, as opposed to just listening to a presentation.”

At the end of the panel presentations, the men will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Hospital exhibitors will be on hand to provide information about services such as cardiac rehab, outpatient rehab, and cancer. Staff members from the Wound Center will also provide free foot checks. This event is sponsored by Scotland Memorial Foundation in collaboration with the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

The Men’s Health Event is made possible through funds raised during the annual Putting on the Ritz – A Gala of Giving. “We are excited to host this fantastic evening centered on educating men about the many ways to improve their health,” Dean said. “Because we care about the health of our citizens, we continue to provide resources that support: the finest in healthcare services within the Scotland Health Care System, innovative and high quality community health projects, and health education.”

Registration is required for both events. Interested participants may call 910-291-6933 to register.

By Scott Witten

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