By Tawnya Plain Eagle
Aakom-Kiyii Health Services hosted a men’s health golf tournament to bring to light common illnesses amongst men.
Austin Crow Shoe, Men’s Health Coordinator at Aakom-Kiyii Health Services, believes its important to educate the male population on the top nine illness that could affect their health.
As pose to planning a traditional information session, Crow Shoe felt it would be more successful to host a golf tournament to generate discussion surrounding these illnesses.
“The golf tournament sets an atmosphere where you are more likely to be engaged and you are going to pay attention,” he said.
According to Crow Shoe men tend to fall through the health cracks.
“They’re three main reasons why a man wouldn’t go to the doctor; typically, a man would say I don’t have the time,’” Crow shoe said.
Followed by the most common excuse which is feeling like no one would find anything wrong with them.
Which is a common case when it comes to high blood pressure and prostate cancer.
During the golf tournament, information sessions where set up at each hole to discuss one of the nine leading causes of illnesses in men.
That included illnesses like stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking, prostate cancer, diabetes, addictions, mental health and more information regarding COVID-19.
“Research shows that these nine are the leading cause of death in the world,” Crow Shoe said.
“Especially hypertension and diabetes in Piikani,” he added.
Aakom-Kiyii Health Services is always promoting healthy living and constant exercise through their events in the community.
“The idea is to just keep promoting the notion that if you want to stay healthy, then come get checked out, it's better to know now than find out later,” Crow Shoe said.
“We want to make sure we have a healthy male population because those are our warriors,” he added.
Aakom-Kiyii Health Services is planning another men’s health event, details will be posted on their Facebook page in the future.