One of many largest well being consciousness campaigns in Columbus made its in-person return Saturday.
Final yr’s African American Male Wellness Stroll was held nearly, however this yr, it returned to Livingston Park.
The occasion is all about bringing well being consciousness amongst males, particularly African American males, as they’re 10 instances extra more likely to die from preventable ailments. The occasion and the group behind it, the African American Male Wellness Company, goal to vary that narrative.
“Right now is a day of celebration,” mentioned Marlon Platt, government director of the African American Male Wellness Company.
Most significantly, it’s a day to remind folks concerning the significance of prioritizing one’s well being and reminding others concerning the challenges many face within the healthcare system, like being uninsured or not having belief in well being suppliers.
“It is a means for these insured and uninsured to get the correct screening, to allow them to probably get the remedy and medicine they should hold their well being in test,” mentioned participant James Value.
It’s why organizers and native companions be certain every year isn’t solely concerning the 5K, however making the most of the free well being screening supplied and studying extra about learn how to keep wholesome.
“Coronary heart illness is the primary killer for African American males,” mentioned Columbus Public Well being Director Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “It’s additionally the primary killer for males basically. We all know coronary heart illness will be managed with train, a correct eating regimen, lowering stress; these are all issues we’ve got to work on.”
Along with screenings and different medical info, COVID-19 vaccinations have been obtainable to all eligible attendees.
Marcus Ross was certainly one of many doing his half on the occasion and is hoping others will contemplate doing their half as effectively.
“I simply needed to return out and be supportive of the occasion,” Ross mentioned.
Columbus Division of Police Assistant Chief Lashanna Potts mentioned that though Saturday was her first time being a part of the stroll, she’s pleased to be amongst her new group and being a part of a much bigger dialog.
“I need folks to be wholesome and reside their greatest life,” Potts mentioned.
NBC 4, led by Kerry Charles and Matt Barnes, was additionally there to point out its assist.