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The first-ever African-American Male Wellness Walk will take place Saturday at the Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on Parkcliffe Avenue on Youngstown’s South Side.
Pastor Lewis Macklin, who is chairing the event, said all men have a reluctance to go to the doctor, know their numbers and have tests, but the African American male population has a disproportionate number of deaths from preventable and treatable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
“We believe if we can get men to be responsible and accountable for that information, it will give a longevity and better quality of life,” Macklin said.
Prior to the walk, there will be free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars starting at 7 a.m. There also will be health professionals, such as doctors and nurses, available for consultations to discuss any test results with patients.
At 9:30 a.m., a bicycle and adult run/walk will begin at Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. The walk will be 5 miles and the route also ends at the church.
He said organizers are hoping to demonstrate that exercise does not require a large commitment at a local gym, but can be done using local resources such as neighborhoods and Mill Creek Park.
Macklin said the event is a community endeavor and many area doctors, hospitals and community agencies have come together to make it possible by donating services, food and other items.