Men invited to make a health pit stop

August 09, 2017

From left, Cobram Panels employees Steve Atkinson, Rhys Holt,Darren Giles (behind)Mark Haberfield (the boss having his blood pressure taken),Tameka Zoch, taking the blood pressure and Daniel Dellanno doing some actual work.

Most men take an interest in maintaining their vehicles but how about their bodies?

Self-maintenance does not always seem to be a part of the male agenda.

To promote the idea of men maintaining their body at an optimum performance level, Cobram District Health will be inviting men to put their bodies over the pits at the Cobram Rotary swap meet on Sunday, August 13, from 8am to 2pm.

Pit Stop for men is based on a mechanical concept, likening parts of the body to an engine.

Men can have their oil levels (blood pressure) tested, their chassis (waist measurement) checked, their fuel mix (alcohol intake) assessed and receive information about their exhaust (bowel cancer risks).

Community health nurse Andrea McColl, one of the organisers of the Pit Stop testing, said the mechanical concept brings an element of humour to men’s health and removes it from a clinical setting.

‘‘This is the fourth Pit Stop Cobram District Health has run since 2010,’’ Ms McColl said.

‘‘The challenge is on to the men of Cobram to see if their body will pass the pits with flying colours or be issued with a yellow sticker for follow-up maintenance.’’

This year Cobram District Health has received fantastic sponsorship from Goulburn-Murray Water and MotoActiv, allowing them to provide giveaways and prizes for participants.

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