Plans were revealed Thursday for the first annual African American Male Wellness Walk.
The walk is a popular health and wellness event targeting African American men. The event originated in Columbus and will make its way to Youngstown this summer.
An honorary board, made up of men from the community, includes WKBN and WYTV’s Damon Maloney. The board discussed plans for the event at the Newport Library in Youngstown.
The walk has become the largest health and wellness event in Central Ohio, aimed at improving the health of African American men.
“A lot of times African American men don’t go to the doctor until they get ready to go to the emergency room, they find out way too late,” said John Gregory with the National Center for Urban Solutions. “Most diagnosis, if caught early, can be treated well. But we’ve seen, particularly in Columbus, we’ve seen an increase. We’ve talked to the physicians, an increase in the number of African American men who go to the doctor.”
This year’s event, set for Aug. 31, will honor the memory of community leader Mykle Clarett.
The 5-mile run/walk will go through the streets of downtown Youngstown.