Technical College of the Lowcountry hosting men's health expo Friday

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 11, 2013 

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Free medical tests and informational sessions will be part of a men's health exposition Friday at the Technical College of the Lowcountry's Beaufort campus.

Free blood-pressure and blood-sugar checks and skin-cancer screenings will be conducted by Beaufort Memorial Hospital's mobile wellness unit. Cholesterol tests and prostate tests will also be available for $10 each.

The expo will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the TCL campus on Ribaut Road.

In addition to the medical tests, hourlong educational sessions are planned. ACCESS Network will have a session on HIV and AIDS awareness. The group also will have a joint session with the Together for Beaufort partnership about health insurance options.

Dr. Edward McNeil, who practices internal medicine at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, will present the featured session, "Uncovering Myths of Men's Health."

The expo is part of the college's federally funded PILAU program, which seeks to improve the educational outcomes of African-American men enrolled at TCL. Named PILAU after the Lowcountry rice dish, the acronym stands for Promoting Integrity, Leadership, Academics and cultural Understanding.

Program director Gloria Singleton said many of the 138 students enrolled are first-generation college students.

"We work to address those barriers and help people get degrees and become self-sufficient," she said.

Singleton said the expo is to combat a "lack of awareness" on health issues by students in the PILAU program. It was designed over the past two months, she added, with partners such as McNeil quickly coming aboard.

"Dr. McNeil is passionate about health awareness and educating people on health issues," she said.

Singleton said she hopes students and their families attend and expects others will, too. She added that if Friday's event is successful, the expo could become a recurring event.

Information: Contact PILAU at 843-470-6040.

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