Steve Waugh To Launch Inaugural Men’s Health Screening Event In Wollongong

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Steve Waugh, former Australian cricketer and brand ambassador of ahm Health Insurance, will be in Wollongong to launch ‘ahm Check It’, a free event giving Illawarra men health checks.

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what a great way to get men involved, to take responsibility for their health and hopefully make a change

What:

Steve Waugh, former Australian cricketer and brand ambassador of ahm Health Insurance, will be in Wollongong to launch, ‘ahm Check It’, a free event giving Illawarra men health checks.

A local committee called Healthier Illawarra Men (HIM) was recently formed to address the issue of of men’s health and includes, business and community leaders, leading Illawarra medical practitioners and university representatives.

HIM, with the support of the Illawarra Division of General Practice (IDGP), is organising a free men’s health screening event, called, ‘ahm CHECK IT’ at the WIN Entertainment Centre (WEC) on Friday, 20 August. The event hopes to attract over 1,000 men on the day, setting them on the road to better health.

Where:

ahm, Level 7, 77 Market St Wollongong

When:

Friday 18 June 2010, 10.30-11.30am

Comment:

‘I’m really excited by this initiative – what a great way to get men involved, to take responsibility for their health and hopefully make a change. My health has always been so important to me through my sporting career and it’s something I just can’t afford to take for granted. As a member of ahm and their brand ambassador, I’m proud to be associated with Check It and can hopefully help to influence some healthy and positive change in local men!’
Steve Waugh, Brand Ambassador ahm Health Insurance

‘Australian men are notoriously reluctant to be pro-active about their own health – sometimes with fatal consequences. A group of Illawarra men and women is determined to do something to change this, and help men in our community take more responsibility for their health.

We will be inviting Illawarra men of all ages to come to the WEC on 20 August, where they will be able to undertake a variety of screenings, blood tests and other assessments for conditions such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes and some cancers, and seek advice and information on depression, anxiety, stress, alcohol and drug dependency and so on.

CHECK IT will be staffed by IDGP volunteers as well as other specialists and health professionals, assisted by medical, nursing and health and behavioural science students from the University of Wollongong.’

About ahm
ahm is the eighth largest Australian health insurance provider and has been caring for the health of Australians for more than thirty five years. In addition to the provision of health insurance, ahm has developed and delivers innovative health management programs. We employ health professionals covering key disciplines including nursing, exercise physiology, dietitians and fitness to deliver these programs.

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