NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware men’s basketball program is hosting a Men’s Health Awareness day and will be participating in Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend during the Blue Hens’ home game against Towson on Saturday, Jan. 25.

A men’s health fair will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon on the BCC Concourse, prior to the 12 noon tipoff between the Blue Hens and Tigers. The fair will include free blood pressure and glucose screenings for men compliments of the UD School of Nursing, a UD Employee Wellness Program, and Healthy HENS, of Student Health Services. Smoking cessation materials and DANTE social media will also be provided by the School of Nursing.

Interactive and educational men’s health exhibits will be provided by organizations including First State Physicians, Delaware Urologic Associates, Christiana Health Care, American Cancer Society, UD Athletics’ Registered Dietitian, National Brain Tumor Society, and Blood Bank of Delmarva.

Additionally, the Blue Hen coaching staff will participate in the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend by wearing sneakers on the sideline.

Suits And Sneakers Awareness Weekend provides coaches and their staffs across the country with an opportunity to help the American Cancer Society raise awareness of the many ways people can reduce their risk of cancer such as eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices, and following the Society’s recommended cancer screening guidelines — all by wearing sneakers with their suits during their games that weekend.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide. The program seeks to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living among students, faculty and staff, fans, and the community at large.

“The goal of  Healthy HENS and Student Health Services is to promote healthy lifestyles and help the students to make positive changes that they will take with them on their journey in life long after graduation,” said Dr. Timothy Dowling, UD Director of Student Health Services. “It is important as stewards of health promotion, for us  to partner with all departments on the UD campus and our surrounding community. We are delighted to be a part of this great initiative.”

“I am very appreciative that the University of Delaware is holding the Men’s Health Awareness event in conjunction with our home game,” said Blue Hen head coach Monté Ross. “It is extremely important that we as men take care of our bodies and visits doctors on a regular basis for checkups and screenings. There are many treatments for different health issues we might face in our lives, and the key is early detection. Our health not only affects our lives, but the lives of our friends and family as well.”