BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's no secret that men are less likely to take care of health needs than women.
"One of the biggest reasons men don't seek healthcare is because they don't want to sit in a waiting room full of women," said men's health specialist Dr. Curtis Chastain.
While Chastain's view may seem funny, men's health is no laughing matter. That's why the Louisiana Men's Health Organization is providing area men with a boy's day out at the Men's Health Conference.
"Everybody's sitting around trying to learn the same things and you don't have to be embarrassed learning about issues that you may otherwise be nervous about if women were in the room," said Chastain.
"We try to provide a relatively entertaining atmosphere for them to increase their knowledge of their health and what they can do to promote good health. We also offer very valuable health screenings," said conference coordinator Dr. Phillip Brantley.
Saturday's conference will provide free screenings to check everything from blood pressure to vision, a value of nearly $2,000. There are also seminars talking about the importance of exercise, prostate health, heart attack symptoms and more.
"There might be something going on in your body that you get checked for that you will thank God you went," said conference board member Retired Judge Luke LaVergne.
The conference is in its 13th year, and began as a way to promote men's health throughout the state. Organizers say providing so many free resources in one place is vital in a community where access can be limited and a healthy lifestyle is not always followed.
"For many of the men who come to this health conference, that's their only primary care physician," said LaVergne.
This year's key note speaker is comedian Kent Gonsoulin. While the event is free, participants must register to attend.
To register or find more information, go to http://www.lamenshealth.org.