National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative Coming To New Orleans In September

NEW ORLEANS – Local public health and community leaders gathered at New Orleans East Hospital Monday, June 13, 2016, to announce the National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative will come to New Orleans on Saturday, September 17.

         The initiative takes place in nine other major U.S. cities including Columbus, OH, Cleveland, OH, and Washington DC.

         “We felt this was a great opportunity to bring the New Orleans community together around a very important topic, and that is the health of our men, who are the leaders of our community,” said Pastor Tom Watson, chair of the local community organizing committee.

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         The walk will take place at Joe Brown Park and will feature a full day of activities for the entire family, including health screenings, games for kids, music and more.

         “This will be the first community wellness initiative targeting male wellness and raising awareness of chronic disease and prostate Cancer that disproportionately affect African American males,” said Dr. Corey Hebert, co-chair of local organizing committee.

         The walk is completely free and open to the public. While the initiative targets males, the entire community is invited to participate.

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