MAILED: July 10, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- A course focusing on a broad range of health issues facing men was introduced to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire during the spring of 1997.
The "Men's Health" class was discussed three years ago when the adult health nursing department reviewed its mission and course offerings, said Cheryl Brandt, instructor of the course.
"Health is something men tend not to take care of," Brandt said. "The course focuses on emotional, physical, social and relational issues."
The adult health nursing department has offered a "Women's Health Issues" course for several years, she said. The faculty recognizes that men have unusual health concerns and have gender perspectives related to those concerns, she said.
UW-Eau Claire senior Joe Clark took "Men's Health" last semester as an elective. The course covered different angles of health issues that men face today, Clark said.
"It was a new course and I didn't know what I was getting into," he said. "It was much broader than I expected."
Clark said he would recommend the course to men, especially since it directly relates to them, and to women to get a better understanding of the health issues of men.
The course incorporates guest speakers, Brandt said. One speaker who had an impact on Clark was a man who talked to the class about his heart attack.
"He gave a first-hand experience point of view," Clark said. "Being a man, I was able to relate."
The class looked at issues pertaining to men's health throughout their lives from adolescence to divorce to fatherhood and retirement, Brandt said.
"There is so much information and so many issues which tend to be overlooked," Clark said. "Our lives are more complicated than they may seem."
The course will be offered again in the spring, Brandt said.
"Anyone could be interested and challenged by this course," she said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 11, 1997