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Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center to Host Free Men’s Health Awareness Day

SPRINGFIELD — Two-thirds of men avoid booking appointments with their primary-care provider, and when they finally do see their doctor, they often keep important health information to themselves because they are afraid what their symptoms might reveal.

Men’s Health Awareness Day at Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center on Saturday, April 29 is designed to put men in the know about their current health and how they can lead a healthier lifestyle.

The free educational and informational event, slated for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature free blood pressure, diabetes, and prostate-cancer screenings; tobacco-cessation tips; music; and more. The center is located at 11 Wilbraham Road in Springfield.

“We invite you to join your brothers and peers to learn more about staying healthy for yourself, your family, and your community. We want to make this the first of a series of events, and ask your input on what is important to you and the community,” said Dr. Andrew Balder of Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center.

Men’s Health Awareness Day is presented by Baystate Health and Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center & Community Advisory Board in partnership with the UMass Amherst Center for Community Health Equity Research, Men of Color Health Awareness, and Holy Trinity COGIC.