Take down heart disease with UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes
CHARLESTON — UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes is to be the featured speaker at Sarah Bush Lincoln’s men’s only free event, “Take Down Heart Disease,” set for 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23.
Take Down Heart Disease will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the importance of physical fitness and staying active to help prevent heart disease. Also speaking will be Prairie Heart Cardiologist Michael LaMonto, DO, who will talk about risk factors of heart health. A variety of Sarah Bush Lincoln health professionals will be on hand to answer questions about fitness, tobacco cessation, Heart to Heart screening program, weight management, sleep disorders and diabetes.
Hughes, who was an EIU wrestler, went on to be a nine-time welterweight champion in the UFC. He traveled the world becoming a household name among mixed martial arts fans. He now travels the world as the host of his hunting show, “The Takedown,” which airs on the Sportsman’s Channel.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, which means that one in four people will have heart disease. The best way to cure heart disease is to prevent it by addressing risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and changing behaviors including tobacco and alcohol use, diet, and physical inactivity/obesity.
LaMonto stressed that “small changes can make a big impact on a person’s heart health. Our hope is that men will see this as an opportunity learn about their heart health in a fun atmosphere and perhaps make a single change that can have a long-lasting impact.”
Event coordinator Chris Kessler said, “We know that many times women are the drivers in health care and there are many programs offered throughout the year geared toward women and women’s health. We wanted to offer a program for men only, with male presenters in an environment that would be conducive to asking questions and learning about their own health.”
Attendees will receive two drink tickets and appetizers will be served. While the event is free and open to men 21 and older, attendees must reserve a seat by Feb. 16 by calling 217 258-2420 or emailing email@example.com.
For more information about “Take Down Heart Disease,” call 217 821-0426, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.