BROOKSVILLE — Whether in Daytona, Indianapolis or even St. Petersburg for the Grand Prix, when race drivers hear, "Gentlemen, start your engines," they wouldn't hit the accelerator without a good tune-up.
Brooksville Regional Hospital will play to that theme Saturday, when it stages its first Horsepower and Health Fair, a free event targeting men.
"There is always a strong focus on women's health and not enough focus on men's health, so our goal is to offer screenings, education, a car show, a barbecue, an event that will be educational and fun," said Brooksville Regional community relations coordinator Vickie Porter.
Typically, women take advantage of screenings and are more accepting of trips to the doctor's office, noted the hospital's director of marketing, Susan Frimmel. "We're hoping women will encourage their men to come (to the fair).
"It's amazing how we are able to capture things early and get people to go to their physician," Frimmel added.
Porter said women are also welcome at Saturday's event, "as there will be a variety of things that they will enjoy as well as learning about men's health for the men in their lives."
Women are invited to participate in any screenings that are appropriate to their gender.
Under a big tent, dubbed the Tune-Up Center, in hospital's parking lot, health care professionals will provide screenings for which they've conjured up car maintenance titles.
Included are: Check Your Distributor, thyroid; Check Your Frame, body mass index; Check Sugar in Your Tank, blood glucose; Check Your Computer Memory, memory; Check Your Brakes, strength test; Check Your RPMs, blood pressure; Check Your Spark Plugs, prostate specific antigens; Check Your Air Filter, pulse oxygen, and Check Your Sub-frame, indicator of peripheral arterial disease.
Monster Truck Transmission & Performance of Brooksville will host a car show at the event, with some 75 vintage vehicles on display.
To interest devotees of other athletic endeavors, visitors can take part in a golf swing challenge and quarterback football toss.
A variety of vendors will be on hand.
Beth Gray can be contacted at [email protected]