“Man Up!” to End the Health Disparities in the African-American Community

Serious health disparities continue to threaten the health of the African-American men throughout our community and the United States. This is why we are once again co-sponsoring the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit’s Man Up! for Better Health event this Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10.

How great is the need for this type of event? Tremendous, especially when you consider these sad facts: 

  • Sixty percent of African-American men in Michigan will not live past age 65
  • African-Americans are more than twice as likely to have diabetes as whites
  • Approximately 20 percent of African-American deaths result from hypertension

Friday: Health Education Session

The event kicks off Friday evening with a health educational session featuring experts on the state of African-American male health at Wayne County Community College’s downtown Detroit campus. FOX2’s Huel Perkins will moderate the discussion that will focus on some of the major health issues facing this population, including diabetes, prostate cancer and high blood pressure.

Saturday: Free Health Screenings

Saturday’s event at Detroit’s Belle Isle will feature free health screenings for men to check their blood pressure, glucose and a PSA screening test for prostate cancer. Sports physicals will also be available for children aged 10 and above.

Families in attendance at this event can are invited to enjoy a three-mile walk around Belle Isle. Additional health resources and information, including special programs for uninsured children and Medicaid screenings will also be available.

Man Up! Get Healthy

Organizations like this make it easier to find out the facts you need to make a change toward a healthier lifestyle – healthy communities are made of healthy people. Let’s help 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit raise awareness throughout Detroit and the state of Michigan to end the disparities that exist between the people who make our communities.

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