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An ahh of a day for men's health fair in Shelby

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Men's Health Fair draws more than 300 for free health screenings as it stresses preventative health measures.

By Lisa King

Shelby County men turned out by the hundreds for Jewish Hospital Shelbyville's 13th Annual Men's Health Fair on Saturday, surpassing the 300 mark, officials said, and topping the 250 that usually attend each year.

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"It's been a great year," JHS spokesperson Holly Husband said.

Tony Carriss, who orchestrated the first health fair after a bout with prostate cancer and now chairs the committee that puts on the event, said he was amazed and gratified with the large attendance.

"We are very pleased," he said. "So many people here, and it's all thanks to the hospital and all of our great volunteers."

Husband said the same.

"We have plenty of community involvement, that's for sure," she said. "You would have to go to multiple physicians to get all the services that are being offered here today."

The men attending agreed.

"I'm getting the works," said Al Brown, as he prepared for a dental screening.

Larry Illarde, also of Shelby County, said, "I've been coming to this for five years. This is a wonderful freebie," he said, referring to the fact that the screenings were free. "It's a good chance to stay on top of things."

Illarde said he really liked the car show, held in conjunction with the health fair, next door in the parking lot of First Baptist Church Shelbyville, for the second year in a row.

Another thing that had some appeal in drawing men in was the give-a-way of a flat-screen TV donated by Roll Forming, Corp., where Carriss is employed.

"This is a really good thing to have for men," said Danny Glass, who came for the screening.

The entire first floor of the hospital bustled with activity; men getting screened for everything from dental to blood sugar to blood pressure, with good attendance at the smoking cessation display and a long line waiting to be screened for skin cancer.

"We'll save some lives here today," I guarantee it," Carriss said.