HU Proton Therapy Institute To Host Free Health And Wellness Expo

Hampton, Va. – In honor of Men’s Health Month, the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) will host a Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, June 19th from 11a-3p, on-site at 40 Enterprise Parkway in Hampton.

The goal of the expo is to encourage the community to be proactive in their health by focusing on ways to reduce risks for cancer and other diseases by:

  1. Not smoking or help to quit
  2. Making healthy eating choices
  3. Having regular health screenings
  4. Watching the scale
  5. Being active in the gym, yoga or other activity, three times per week

HUPTI will host a cancer prevention and proton therapy seminar at 12 noon with lunch provided by Jason’s Deli. The seminar will feature Christopher Sinesi, M.D., medical director, HUPTI, and former proton therapy patients. Tours and children’s activities will be available throughout the day. To register for the seminar or tour, please visit www.hamptonproton.org/events or call 757.251.6814, opt. 1.

HUPTI is partnering with area healthcare networks to provide a variety of free screenings. PSA’s (prostate-specific antigen test) will be offered by Bon Secours. Men will also have the option of DRE’s (digital rectal exams), provided by the Tidewater Physician Multispecialty Group.

According to the Virginia Cancer Registry, Hampton Roads leads the nation in prostate cancer deaths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the PSA and DRE to help in early detection, at which time men often experience no symptoms of the disease.

Other vital screenings such as cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), vision, stress and digital computerized foot scans will also be available. Health vendors will provide a wide range of information on topics such as smoking cessation, yoga techniques, proper diets, health and fitness, etc.

For vendor or sponsorship information, please contact Sarita Scott at 757.251.6814 or sarita.scott@hamptonu.edu.

About HUPTI

HUPTI, located off Magruder Boulevard in Hampton, stands at 98,000 SF, making it the largest proton therapy facility in the world. HUPTI’s 200-ton cyclotron originates the protons and spins them at light speed, sending the resulting beam down a beam line to one of five treatment rooms. The actual treatment time lasts a mere 60 seconds. HUPTI will treat prostate, breast, brain, lung, pediatric and other cancers upon opening in August.