On average, black men die as early as seven years before men from other ethnic backgrounds. Through prevention and early diagnosis, we can change that. This Saturday, August 16, health and culture will merge for the fifth annual Man Up! For Better Health family health screening and campus walk. The event kick offs at 10 a.m. at a new location, Wayne Community College District - North Campus. Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Man Up! is offered to help African American families find a primary doctor, access free health screenings and get active by walking around campus. As an added benefit, attendees can win raffle prizes and take advantage of health referral services and refreshments. In its five year history, Man Up! has helped nearly 2,000 people get access to health screenings. Though the day is centered on men's health, entire families are welcome to take part in the services offered. Too many men make the mistake of not thinking about their health until they are sick or injured. Did you know women are twice as likely to go in for an annual check-up than men are? Something as simple as regular checkups can keep men healthy by detecting potential health problems while they still can be prevented or easily treated. This can prevent serious, and very costly, medical conditions down the road. In order to be there for your friends and families, you need to be there for yourself. So this Saturday, grab your brother, dad, friend or son, and Man Up! For Better Health. We have nothing to lose by taking advantage of free preventive care; we have our lives to gain. For more information or to register for free, visit 100blackmendetroit.com.
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