District Participates in 'Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day'

10/19/2012, 1:19 p.m.

It's not uncommon to become so totally engrossed in the pressures of everyday life that many people end up neglecting their health. They may feel good for the moment, but be unaware of conditions that could lead to major medical issues.

That's part of the reason behind nationally-syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner's 11th annual "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day (TALOTTD)," being held this weekend, Oct. 19-20, in the District of Columbia - and other cities that include Philadelphia, Pa., and Greenville, SC.

"There's nothing better than a loved one showing they care for you by taking you to the doctor," said John Miller, CEO and president of Denny's restaurants, which is a major sponsor of this year's TALOTTD. "[The two-day health fair] provides a fantastic opportunity for people to check in on their well-being. The doctor's going to talk to you about the importance of exercise and a good diet."

Friday's one-day event in the District included a free "Screening for Stroke Prevention," which was sponsored by Majic 102.3 in conjunction with Providence Hospital, located at 1150 Varnum St. in Northeast. The four-hour morning presentation featured information from several Providence physicians, and Majic 102.3 listeners were encouraged to tune into until 7 p.m. for additional information on how to prevent a stroke.

"We had a pretty good turn out," said Lauren Wells, Provident Hospital public relations specialist. "We had about 65 people who had their blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked, and others had the opportunity to undergo a chronic diagnostic which takes a look at their arteries. We also had diabetic educators on hand, and many of the people who visited left with a score card that indicated their risk for stroke."

About Take a Loved One to the Doctor

Community Enrichment:

Take A Loved One to the Doctor (TALOTTD) is a targeted campaign to raise health awareness in the Black community. This initiative launched in 2002 between the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration. Since then, Tom Joyner continues to encourage his listeners to be proactive about their health by making appointments for themselves and a loved one to visit health professionals.