“Man Up!”: Blues, 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit to offer free health screenings, walk on Belle Isle

BCBSM is once again partnering with 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit Inc. to host the “Man Up! For Better Health” event, a series of free health screenings and other services to demonstrate how personal health vigilance can positively impact communities.

The event takes place rain or shine Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Belle Isle Park Casino in Detroit.

“Man Up! For Better Health” features:

  • Free health screenings of blood pressure, glucose, body mass index, stroke assessment, and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for men
  • Physician referrals
  • 1- and 3-mile health walks around Belle Isle
  • Sports physicals for children age 10 and older
  • Child photos and identification DNA kits for kids
  • MIChild enrollment
  • Medicaid screening
  • Refreshments and children’s activities

In 2010, the Michigan Department of Community Health reported that 18 percent of African-American men have no health insurance. African-American men are nearly two and a half times more likely to die from prostate cancer than Caucasian men.

The “Man Up!” event helps underserved communities by educating people on how to manage their health.

“Our partnership with 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit has provided health screenings to nearly 900 African-American men and their families over the past three years,” said Darrell E. Middleton, BCBSM’s executive vice president, Operations and Business Performance. “Our mutual goal is to reduce the incidence of prostate cancer in African-American men and to support them in developing a relationship with a health care provider. Early detection is crucial.”

Participants are invited to bring family and friends. When you register online you may state whether you plan to walk with a team, family or individual. All pre-registered participants are eligible for cash prize raffles.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit is an organization of African-American men dedicated to improving communities through a variety of initiatives, including health and wellness.

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