Drive For Men’s Health: One Tesla. Millions Of Men. 24 Hours.
Well, Elon Musk recently stated that the Tesla Model S was designed mainly for men and that in designing the Model X, Tesla will pay much more attention to women. This Model-S-is-for-men idea may be true, as robotic surgeons Drs. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil, of The PUR Clinic, took a Model S for a spin to help men.
“In recognition of National Men’s Health Week (June 9-15, 2014), robotic surgeons Drs. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil, of The PUR Clinic, are leaving the operating room behind and hitting the highway on Thursday, June 12th, to get men talking about health issues. The two urologists know these conversations can be uncomfortable, so they’ve added cars and technology to entice the guys to open up. The two have planned the first ever Drive for Men’s Health (Drive4MensHealth.com) – a 24-hour road trip from Central Florida to Manhattan.”
The pair will drive for 24 hours and cover 1,100 miles stopping only for recharging and men’s health events.
“The Florida-based physicians will drive approximately 1,100 miles in an all-electric TESLA – stopping only to recharge the vehicle (every 150-200 miles). During each stop, they will host community-wide, men’s health events, which will include educational lectures and patient discussions. While on the road, the doctors will use Google Glass and Go-Pro cameras to broadcast their journey live, discuss men’s health issues, interview physicians from around the world via webcast, and answer health-related questions through social media.”
Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD stated:
“Men are more likely to die of heart disease, stroke and cancer, and yet, men are much less likely to go to the doctor and get screened. That’s why our goal for each community we visit is to get men motivated and make their health a priority.”
Sijo Parekattil, MD said:
“We recognize the urgent need for men to better understand their health. And what better way to spread the word than by utilizing technology and uniting leading physicians to make an impact on men’s health?”
Here is the plan:
Scheduled stops include: Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New York. The drive will conclude with multi-specialty, physician health talks including: the future of men’s health, innovation in male infertility, chronic testicular/groin pain, and genomics in men’s health. There will also be a meet-and greet with members of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
The kickoff of the Drive for Men’s Health will be on Thursday, June 12th at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, FL with opening remarks beginning at 8:00 AM, and ribbon cutting & departure scheduled for 8:30 AM. The final stop will be at the Tesla Showroom in Manhattan at approximately 8:00 AM on Friday, June 13th.
All funds that are raised through sponsors and the website, will be used to support a men’s health genetic research study, and to provide educational scholarships to Florida Polytechnic University. The Drive for Men’s Health team would like to thank: Genomic Health, PUR Clinic, South Lake Hospital, Aloka-Hitachi, and Intuitive Surgical.
10 Men’s Health Facts You May Not Know
1) Men are 24% less likely to go to the doctor than women.
2) 100,000 men live with chronic groin and testicular pain.
3) Half of all men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lives.
4) 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer annually.
5) Men are 2X more likely to die of melanoma.
6) Roughly 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, resulting in 400 deaths.
7) Men on average die more than six years earlier than women.
8) Six million men are diagnosed with depression each year, and men are 4X more likely to commit suicide.
9) Men who sit six or more hours a day have an 18% higher chance of dying from heart disease or diabetes.
10) Men suffer hearing loss at 2X the rate of women.
More videos from the events can be found here.