UAMS 12th Street Center to Host ‘March Man-ness’ at Saint Mark Baptist March 24

By Ben Boulden

While this event focuses on men’s health, women also are invited to receive free blood pressure checks, glucose and cholesterol screenings, lipid testing and physical examinations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free HIV testing will be available using a mouth swab and without needles.

Males also may have blood drawn to check prostate sensitive antigen (PSA) for prostate cancer screenings. A panel of health care professionals, pharmacists and physicians will be on hand to answer personal health questions. The event will be in the Family Life Center at Saint Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th Street.

“Serving the community’s health needs is our mission, and March Man-ness is a big part of fulfilling it,” said Lanita White, Pharm.D., director of the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center.  “Strong public participation every year has demonstrated there is a continuing need in the community for these screenings and health education. March 24th will mark our fifth annual March Man-ness Men’s Health Event, and each spring we have witnessed its growing popularity.”

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Each man who attends March Man-ness will receive a free T-shirt. There also will be free food, exercise demonstrations, child care and activities.

Saint Mark is the main sponsor and has been since this UAMS event began in 2014. The Arkansas Cancer Society will be among those organizations providing educational materials. ARcare and Linq for Life are also sponsoring and providing supplies and services for March Man-ness.

The 12th Street Health & Wellness Center is a free interprofessional clinic run by students under supervision of faculty and other licensed volunteers. It provides students from the UAMS colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health and the Graduate School an avenue to learn about, from and with each other in an interprofessional center. The center focuses on education, prevention and management of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. It also provides information about healthy living, preventive care, consultations and screenings for residents of the Little Rock Promise Neighborhood and surrounding areas.

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