April 14, 2015

Logan Media Service

Carterville - An event that started in 2009 to help raise awareness about men’s health issues is returning, but with a few changes.  The Southern Illinois Men’s Health Conference is now known as the Southern Illinois Men’s Conference.   It’s Saturday, April 18, 2015 at John A. Logan College. 

The name isn’t the only change this year.  Chairman Kevin Hunsperger said, “We are making the breakout session more fun and interactive this year.  We haven’t abandoned the health aspect of the conference, but we are making things more hands on and interactive. We’re excited to offer a Try Scuba program with the folks at Mermet Springs. Water aerobics, grilling, golf, craft brewing and becoming a ‘sharp dressed man’ are just a few of the other sessions this year.”

Things kick off at 7 a.m. with fasting blood screenings and a panel discussion brunch.  Men are encouraged to ask questions of the five experts; Dr. Bret Miller, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Victor Mwansa, cardiologist, Dr. Sam Stokes III, urologist, Dr. Mansoor Haq, oncologist and Shane Smith, nutritional specialist and personal trainer.

Registration is $45 and includes hundreds of dollars worth of potentially life saving screenings for things like heart disease, blood glucose levels, and skin cancer. Screenings for hearing, dental, vision, fitness and foot problems will also be available throughout the morning.

The Men’s Conference concludes with a dessert bar at noon. Men are then encouraged to attend the AWS Welding Club’s second annual car show in the main parking lot at JALC.  That event is free, but vendors will be on hand.

Men must preregister for the event, and can do so by calling the office of Women for Health and Wellness, Inc. at (618) 985-9210 or going to www.simenshealth.com.

The Southern Illinois Men’s Health Conference is a subsidiary of Women for Health and Wellness, Inc. 


Kevin Hunsperger, Chairman

(618) 303-9132



Lisa Mann, Executive Director: Women for Health & Wellness

(618) 985-9210



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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.