African American Male Wellness Walk offers free life-saving health screenings

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COLUMBUS (WMCH) – It takes stepping on the scale to make a health change and Kevin Bolding did just that. 

“I stepped up on the scale that’s when I had a problem. I stepped up at 264 pounds,” said Bolding.

It was last summer at the African American Male Wellness Walk where he discovered that he was tipping over the scale. At that moment he vowed to make a change, having learned about the benefits of juicing at the walk. 

“I told my wife since you have me here you’re going to join in and we started juicing. And I dropped 22 pounds within the first 4 to 5 weeks,” Bolding said.

The National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative is the largest health initiative for minorities in the state. 

Established right here in Columbus 15 years ago, the walk aims to empower men to understand that through health care screenings and prevention you can live a healthier life. 

In 2017, more than 25,000 people attended the walk-in Columbus and near 50,000 participating in across the nation. 

With the effort to bring awareness to free health screenings, nearly 1,000 men were screened in Columbus.

It saved Nathaniel Jordan II’s life. 

“During my test is when I realized that I had slightly high blood pressure and my cholesterol was high,” said Jordan.

Doctors discovered that Jordan had 85 percent blockage in the carotid artery. He also had two surgeries that same year.

“Look at me now the doctor told me my heart is good I got 30 more years,” Jordan says.

Both men with two separate stories now live a healthier lifestyle all because they learned their numbers. 

It’s important that you know your numbers too. Come down to Livingston Park on Saturday.  Free health screenings start at 7 am.  And then stay and join us for the walk at 9:30. 

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