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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of men in Albany put themselves first Saturday morning and took time for their health.

One day before Father's Day, about 500 men took part in the eighth annual Men's Health Fair at Phoebe's Healthworks.

Blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings were just some of the health screening that were available to them.

But organizers say it takes regular visits with a primary care physician to make sure they stay healthy.

"People started lining up at 6:30 this morning knowing it starts at 8:00. When Darrell asked what do they were doing there so early, what did they think they were giving away, the man answered you are giving away life," said President of 100 Black Men, Sanford Hillsman.

"It's one thing to get a screening, but it is so important that these men have doctors," said Phoebe Community Benefits Coordinator, Darrell Sabbs.

Those at the conference were able to kick back and relax in one of several message chairs. There were also comedians on hand today to bring home this year's theme: "a stroke is no joke."

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