Ex-Packers president to speak about men’s health

10/22/2009

MANITOWOC — In 2006, John Jones finally realized his dream job of becoming president of the Green Bay Packers. Days before a formal announcement was to be made, Jones’ dream turned into a health nightmare that he almost didn’t survive.

Jones will share details of that health ordeal – an aortic dissection and stroke – during a 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 presentation called John Jones “Bulletproof: The Men’s Health Care Myth.” The event will be held at the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA.

Jones’ presentation is designed to encourage men to take more personal responsibility for their health care and overall well-being. Male attendees will receive information to schedule a free His Health Assessment valued at $355. Men and women are invited to attend.

“There are too many guys out there who’re proud of not seeing their doctor in years. Some guys haven’t seen a doctor since high school sports. Those are the guys I want to reach,” Jones said. “Guys ignore their health and health checkups. Statistically, there’s a lot we can do to prevent serious illness and disease if we can get guys to step beyond their ‘bulletproof’ self-images and go see their doctors for checkups.”

Jones, who has said he ignored his body’s warning signs right up to the time they became quite serious, has spent much time working to prevent others from making the same mistake he did – a mistake that almost cost him his life.

“The core message is that men do health – running, weightlifting and working out – but men do not do health care,” Jones said. “I hope that sharing my story helps men pay attention to their health care. Their lives depend on it. By reaching out and telling my personal story, I’m hopeful that I can continue to move men to take better care of their health by seeing their doctors on a regular basis and getting regular checkups.”

To register, please call Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Manitowoc at (920) 652-9310.