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Cambridge Celebrates Menís Health Month

Hoops 'N' Health scheduled for June 18

June 1, 2011

The Men’s Health League and community partners will host the annual Hoops ‘N’ Health sports tournament and other events this June to celebrate Men’s Health Month.

The Men’s Health League, based at the Cambridge Public Health Department, is a comprehensive men’s wellness program that promotes routine screenings, fitness and a healthy diet, and regular visits to a physician.

On June 18, the Men of Color Health Initiative is hosting the 18th annual Hoops ‘N’ Health sports tournament and health fair at Hoyt Field in Cambridge.  In addition to basketball and flag football tournaments, this citywide event will feature live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, free food and prizes, and health information and screenings. To sign up a team, call 617-665-3769 or email rharding@challiance.org.

Other June events include bike rides and orientations for the summer sessions of two Men’s Health League programs, Fitness Brothers and Fit for Life. To learn more about these programs, please call 617-665-3677. 

The Men's Health Breakfast, originally scheduled for June 25, has been canceled. A new event will be planned for later in the year.

The Men’s Health League, with funding from the federal Office of Minority Health, was launched in 2007 as a demonstration project to address cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in men of color. Program components include wellness promotion and linkage to clinical care. The program currently receives funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


June Events & Activities

Men’s Bike Rides

Saturday, June 4 & June 25

Meet at 8:30 a.m., JFK Footbridge on Memorial Drive, Cambridge.  The Men’s Health League is hosting free 2½ hour bike rides on June 4 and June 25. All are welcome. For more information, call Albert Pless at 617-665-3830 or email apless@challiance.org.

Fitness Brothers Orientation

Wednesday, June 15

Join the next session of Fitness Brothers, a 10-week program for men sponsored by the Men’s Health League. The orientation will be held on June 15 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bally Total Fitness, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., in Porter Square, Cambridge. For more information, call Richard Harding at 617-665-3769 or email rharding@challiance.org.

Hoops ‘N’ Health

Saturday, June 18

10 a.m.-8 p.m., Hoyt Field (near corner of Western Ave. and Montague St.), Cambridge.  This sports tournament and health fair is free and open to the public. To sign up a team (basketball or flag football), call Richard Harding at 617-665-3769 or email rharding@challiance.org. Rain date is Saturday, June 25.

Fit For Life

Now Recruiting

Are you at risk for heart disease or diabetes? If so, the Fit For Life program may be a great first step toward taking better care of your health. This free 12-week program includes access to the Cambridge YMCA; education for men around nutrition, fitness and other issues; group and individual workshops; and a mentor to help keep participants on track. For more information, call Albert Pless at 617-665-3830 or email apless@challiance.org.

Navigated Care

Accepting New Referrals

If you are a man who needs health insurance, a primary care doctor, or help making and keeping doctor’s appointments, consider joining the Men’s Health League’s Navigated Care program. For more information about this free program, call Albert Pless at 617-665-3677 or email apless@challiance.org.


Men’s Health Breakfast

Canceled

The Men's Health Breakfast, originally scheduled for Saturday, June 25, has been canceled. A new event will be planned for later in the year. 

MEDIA CONTACT

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Communications Specialist
617-665-3833
sfeinberg@challiance.org


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