Touch Base at the Cove 2009
Touch Base at the Cove, which provides a series of FREE health screenings for men, is organized by RiverBend Cancer Services with the help of more than 20 community organizations, including several other health care institutions. The event took place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Coveleski Stadium. The list of free health exams offered included screenings for prostate cancer, diabetes, skin cancer, oral cancer, alcoholism and depression, CO and smoking cessation, cholesterol, hearing vision, HIV, Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference, Foot Care Analysis and Blood Pressure. Each year seems to attract more and more men to this event, and 2009's event was no exception. There were 213 men registered for the event (40 more than last year). There were 123 men who received prostate screenings, 25 more than in 2008.
The goal of Touch Base is to encourage and promote the early detection and treatment of disease among men, as well as to increase awareness of preventable health problems by providing information and screening services. Memorial's Community Health Enhancement provided help in registration, translations, etc. Also, staff and physicians from Memorial’s Southeast clinic helped in skin cancer and prostate cancer screenings.