IOWA CITY — There's a new mission improve men's health starting on the University of Iowa campus.
A new educational pilot program developed for several local fraternities is designed to help teach young men about common health issues they may face now and in the future.
Program Director Dr. Amy Pearlman says the goal is to prioritize preventative care, while giving men a forum to ask questions and dispel popular myths that may impact their health choices.
"Might it encourage the next time someone goes to pick up a vape pen, might that person think to themselves, 'vaping -- nicotine -- nicotine causes blood vessels to close off -- do I want my penis to work?' And maybe that person drops the vape pen. So ultimately we'd like to know if it changes behavior," Dr. Pearlman explained.
Dr. Pearlman says their first session had more than one hundred members of UI fraternities, and they're asking for more sessions already.