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Published on July 23, 2014

2nd Annual Men’s Health Night Features All-Star Line-Up

Nationally Syndicated Radio Personality Tom Joyner, Former NFL Player George Koonce, Jr. Motivate and Inspire.

Milwaukee, WI (July 21, 2014) – Brain Brawn & Body, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Joseph Campus and WJMR Jammin 98.3 held their Second Annual Men’s Health Night on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union.

Approximately 400 people were in attendance including an All Star line-up of national and local celebrities. They all came together to inform and inspire the Milwaukee community about the importance of men’s health, specifically addressing preventable health problems and early detection among African American men. Wheaton provided free health screenings to attendees.

“If men know better, they’ll do better,” said Eric Von, Founder of Brain Brawn & Body, a website dedicated to the health and wellness of African American men. Von served as MC for the evening. He added, “Black men need to know that we experience disproportionately higher death rates in all the leading causes of death and we need to take action.”

Eric Ford, VP of Operations for Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group, opened the event with a gracious welcome to the crowd. Ford stated, “It’s important that men have a primary care doctor who they see at least one time per year.”

He added that nationally, 70% of men ages 18-44 just don’t go to the doctor and 10% of African American men do not have a primary care physician. “Having a primary care physician can help address health conditions such as prostate cancer, obesity, colon cancer or heart disease that can be easily prevented and treated with early diagnosis,” said Ford.

Tom Joyner, Nationally syndicated radio personality, known as “The Hardest Working Man in Radio”, heard on Jammin 98.3, Monday through Friday during morning drive time, along with local comedian Marlin Hill brought fun and laughter to the event while reminding the men that health is nothing to joke about.

Former Professional Football Player, George Koonce Jr., PhD. delivered the keynote address. A panel of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group physicians and clinical experts discussed African American men’s health trends and behavioral health issues. They also provided prevention and wellness advice. The evening ended with a question and answer session - men talking to men - about the importance of addressing health issues.

2014 Men's Health Night Panel

Men's Health Night Panel

(Left to right) Eric Von, Founder of Brain Brawn.com; Ernest Colburn, RN, Patient Care Supervisor, Wheaton Franciscan - St Joseph Campus; Darryl Davidson, City of Milwaukee Men’s Health Manager; Harry Lewis, LCSW, Psychotherapist; Nena Stanley, MD, Adult (Internal) Medicine, Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Campus; O’rell Williams, MD, Internal Medicine/Hospitalist, Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group; George Koonce Jr., PhD, Former Professional Football Player

Tom Joyner with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Representatives

Tom Joyner & Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Representatives

(Left to right) Angela Adams, Director - Communications/PR, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; Theresa Jones, VP - Diversity & Inclusion, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; Tom Joyner; Ann Saqr, VP - Marketing, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; Melanie Cannon, VP - Clinical Analytics & Public Reporting, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; Eric Ford, VP - Medical Group Operations, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.