CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Hundreds of men across Southern Illinois took time out of their Saturday to learn a little more about their health, and how to prevent health problems.
That was the focus of the third annual Men's Health Conference held on the John A. Logan Community College campus.
"Sort of like a fine tuning thing and getting ahead of problems before they get bad," said Mike Ruehn of Carterville.
"That's important if we wait until it gets too bad, then it's more expensive and it can take longer to get better. And sometimes we can't get better."
The men also got some lifestyle tips on how to live healthier at any age.
"I learned a lot more about what to eat, what kind of exercise and things that I should be doing to strengthen my heart," said Larry Meyer of Murphysboro.
They also learned about the importance of good posture and keeping their backs healthy.
"It affects your nerves and all types of things in your body," said Angela Wagner with Total Health Chiropractic.
"And if you don't keep it in line it can cause headaches, muscle problems and all types of things."
The conference also offered a number of free screenings for men to be able to check out some of their current conditions.
"I have tennitus, so I wanted to get it checked out. And she told me that it can lead to deafness," said Phil Mendenhall of Anna.
"I got it checked out, it sounded alright, everything it okay."
But, there are some silent killers out there that men learned about, one of them is a stroke and how to prevent from suffering one.
"One of them and the most important being hypertension, high blood pressure is the number one modifiable factor. If we can reduce the risk of hypertension, we can reduce the risk of stroke by forty percent," said Lesley Cranick, RN with Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Stroke Center.
The students and employees at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and the Women for Health and Wellness Inc. worked together on this third annual Men's Health Conference.