Before severe weather rolled in, hundreds of families came out for the annual African-American Male Wellness Walk and 5K run.
The yearly initiative encourages black men to know their numbers to help prevent and combat serious conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death among African-American men. The event included free screenings to help attendees take control of their health.
“It’s making the community healthy the healthier we get fathers and grandfathers the more they can become fathers and grandfathers because they have their health,” attendee Satch Sullinger said.
Sullinger said it’s great to see so many people here in the community interested in cultivating a healthier lifestyle and that the free health screenings are a big part of that.
“It’s all about the screenings,” he explained. “The silent killers are hypertension and diabetes, and today someone’s going to get screened that has diabetes or hypertension or maybe even both that weren’t even aware that they had it.”
When heavy rain came in, organizers decided to cancel the walk for safety reasons, but a lot of people were able to complete the free health screenings. The screening themselves may seem like a small step toward a healthier lifestyle, but they have a big impact.
“It’s all about saving lives,” Sullinger said.