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Hundreds of men yesterday seized the chance to make sure they’re in good health without having to shell out costly doctor’s fees.

Charities and Government organised free check-ups for indicators including blood pressure, body fat and glucose levels which would otherwise involve an expensive trip to the GP.

Numerous men waiting in the long queues at Front Street’s Number Six Shed told

The Royal Gazette their main incentive was the opportunity to save cash during the economic crisis.

Ric Winn, of St George’s, who wanted to find out his body fat level so he would know how much weight he needs to lose, said: “This is free. It’s nice for people who aren’t fortunate enough to have health insurance that covers this type of check-up or health screening.

“If you eliminate the exorbitant costs associated with preventive healthcare, more people would take their healthcare seriously.”

Landscaper Gerald Dillas, from Devonshire, who wanted to find out his blood pressure, said: “It’s the prices that have brought me here. Doctors are expensive, man.

“Usually you have to pay first and then collect from your insurance later. If you go for a physical, it’s about $300 or $400 to pay. That’s a lot of money. It’s your whole pay cheque sometimes.”

Another man said: “This is great. My mama and my girlfriend both got on me to come here. They said don’t let this day go by because it’s free.

“I’m feeling pretty good about my health but I still have to get checked out anyway. It’s free, which is a big deal in these days.”

Legendary roundabout waver Johnny Barnes, 88, who was among the men getting checked out, said he puts his longevity down to the grace of God.

He said: “I feel fine, but it’s good to check these things, especially when you get to my age.”

The event was sponsored by Bermuda Heart Foundation, Bermuda Diabetes Association, Open Airways, Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre and the Department of Health.

Health Minister Zane DeSilva said men statistically die younger than women, partly because they don’t monitor their health properly.

“Armed with this information and the knowledge that heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and lung diseases are the major health concerns for our community, and our men, we are offering a full slate of free screenings,” he said.

Men?s Screening: David Aikcen was one of the few Bermudian males to attended yesterdayís menís screening at the number six shed. The Number Six Shed opened itís doors yesterday afternoon for all Bermudian males that were seeking free health screening, as they would visit various organization that would help benefit their health. (Photo by Akil Simmons) February 2,2012
Men?s Screening: Johnny Barnes was one of the few Bermudian males to attended yesterdayís menís screening at the number six shed. The Number Six Shed opened itís doors yesterday afternoon for all Bermudian males that were seeking free health screening, as they would visit various organization that would help benefit their health. (Photo by Akil Simmons) February 2,2012
Men?s Screening: Johnny Barnes was one of the few Bermudian males to attended yesterdayís menís screening at the number six shed. The Number Six Shed opened itís doors yesterday afternoon for all Bermudian males that were seeking free health screening, as they would visit various organization that would help benefit their health. (Photo by Akil Simmons) February 2,2012
The Number Six Shed opened itís doors yesterday afternoon for all Bermudian males that were seeking free health screening, as they would visit various organization that would help benefit their health. (Photo by Akil Simmons) February 2,2012
The Number Six Shed opened itís doors yesterday afternoon for all Bermudian males that were seeking free health screening, as they would visit various organization that would help benefit their health. (Photo by Akil Simmons) February 2,2012
Left-Michael Cassidy and Sionna Barton.The Number Six Shed opened itís doors yesterday afternoon for all Bermudian males that were seeking free health screening, as they would visit various organization that would help benefit their health. (Photo by Akil Simmons) February 2,2012
Left-Michael Cassidy and Sionna Barton.The Number Six Shed opened itís doors yesterday afternoon for all Bermudian males that were seeking free health screening, as they would visit various organization that would help benefit their health. (Photo by Akil Simmons) February 2,2012
The Number Six Shed opened itís doors yesterday afternoon for all Bermudian males that were seeking free health screening, as they would visit various organization that would help benefit their health. (Photo by Akil Simmons) February 2,2012
Men?s Screening: Johnny Barnes was one of the few Bermudian males to attended yesterdayís menís screening at the number six shed. The Number Six Shed opened itís doors yesterday afternoon for all Bermudian males that were seeking free health screening, as they would visit various organization that would help benefit their health. (Photo by Akil Simmons) February 2,2012

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Published February 03, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 03, 2012 at 5:51 am)

Men turn out for free health screening event

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