DETROIT (WWJ) – Hundreds of metro-Detroit men attended a free health event at Ford Field Saturday. There were free dental, vision and blood screenings, and doctors to answer questions for those attending.

Darryl of Inkster took part in the screening and had his blood drawn, since he has a family history of heart disease.

“I don’t go to the doctor often, (but) it’s free, and I just wanted to come and get the tests done,” Darryl said.

Fifty-year-old former Detroit Red Wings player Chris Chelios was part of the event and had some words of advice to those attending:

“Better start now, before it’s too late … because before you know it you will have health issues – there is no question – maybe the odd guy is going to slip through the cracks if you are lucky,” he said. “But chances are if you don’t eat right, you don’t take care of yourself, and you don’t exercise your body is going to break down quickly.”

Donald Phillips is with Detroit Community Health Connection.

“We know the community is not aware that we have Detroit Community Health Connection – six clinics strategically located in neighborhoods where people can go for all of their primary health care and dental services on what we call a sliding scale,” said Phillips to WWJ’s Beth Fisher.

Phillips says people are charged based on their income.

Find out more about Detroit Community Health Connection, here.


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