More than 550 men participated in the 17th annual Men’s Night Out, a free health education program on Sunday, April 2 at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/Senior High School.
The event started with a dinner and educational health booths that filled the WDC High School Commons Area. Men arrived early for complimentary lab testing and health screenings provided by Tri-County Health Care staff and M-State nursing students.
The final session featured the ever-popular panel of medical experts participating in a “Question and Answer” session with participants. This year’s panel included Steve Davis, M.D., John Pate, M.D. and David Kloss, M.D., and it was emceed by Rick Youngbauer. They answered questions from the audience about acid reflux, cholesterol, healthy lifestyle choices and numerous other health topics.
The keynote speaker of the evening, Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver, inspired the audience with his journey that took him from growing up in Detroit Lakes, MN to the NFL. He spoke to the packed gymnasium about rejection, and allowing that to be a motivating force to work harder and ultimately achieve your goals. He took several questions from the audience who were very interested to hear from him about his life on and off of the field.
The evening concluded with the grand prize drawing of 15 winners chosen to participate in a meet-and-greet with Adam Thielen that took place directly after his keynote speech. They each received a photo and a signed football from the Minnesota Viking.
“The event was dedicated to providing men of all ages in our communities with an educational and motivational event to improve their everyday lifestyles,” said Joel Beiswenger, Tri-County Health Care CEO/President. “We were proud to provide free lab work to all participants, and honored to have the incredible Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings inspire so many people, including the young boys who came with his jerseys. He is a shining example of what hard work and dedication can do, deciding to not take rejection as an ultimate end answer and continuing to be true to his central Minnesota roots.”
This year’s sponsors included Tri-County Health Care, Tri-County Health Care Foundation and the Tri-County Health Care Auxiliary.