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      Phoebe offers free Fathers Day gift

      Phoebe set to hold a men's conference offering free health screenings to the community.

      Update 16/6/12by Sean Streicher:Phoebe's Men's Health Confrence was held this morning and was expected to draw over 400 men.At the conference, screening for diabetes, height, weight, cholesterol, and HIV were preformed.It TMs an event that promotes a healthy lifestyle, and reminds men that their health is something to be taken serious.Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's, Darryl Sabbs says, " In today TMs economy to be able to get screens offered to you absolutely free, is very very important to you. And so men are here, they come in droves, they come every year. They come for the screens, for the awareness and for the fellowship and for the reminder of the fact that this is important."

      ORIGINAL STORY:'Phoebe is gearing up for the 11th Annual Men's Health Conference.

      This is Fathers Day and what better gift to give than the gift of love and the gift of health, says Darryl Sabbs, with Legislative Affairs for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

      Sabbs says the Men's Health Conference is the hospital's way of giving back to fathers.

      Southwest Georgia is plagued by ailments ranging from diabetes to high blood pressure and to combat this officials are providing family leaders with a day of health education.

      Saturday the gym of the Phoebe Health Works facility located at 311 3rd Avenue will be filled with men and fathers checking on their health. Officials say taking this time may just save them time in the long run.

      It's like a doctor's visit but one that you will love and never forget, says Darryl Sabbs.

      Vendors, doctors and other health specialists will line the gym of the offering advice and medical expertise.

      We'll be doing cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose checks, says Patricia Swain, Outreach Program Coordinator for the Phoebe Cancer Center.

      She says screening results will be mailed to patients within a few weeks.

      Not only will patrons be able to get information on their medical status, organizers say the event is a means to fellowship, get a healthy meal, and learn how to change their lifestyle.

      We need them to be healthy so that they can continue to be our rock of our homes, says Patricia Swain.

      The event starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. It is free and open to the public.

      Health screenings will end at noon.