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St. Paul crafts ‘Healthy Men of Color Summit’

At. St. Paul Baptist Church, a consensus has been reached about the need to "change the statistics and men's attitudes about their health and wellbeing."

That agreement has led to the design of the church's first Healthy Men of Color Health Summit, which will be held Saturday (Jan. 19) at the church at 2124 East Holmes Rd.

The Summit reflects a partnership between St. Paul United Healthcare and the Men's Health Network. Summit organizers say they are building on these points:

Women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for an annual exam and preventive services than men.

Women live healthier and longer lives than their male counterparts and at age 100, women outnumber men 8 to 1.

Men generally die younger and in greater numbers from heart disease, stroke, cancer.

African-American men are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease as compared to men of other races.

African-American men are 60 percent more likely to die from a stroke than men of other races.

The summit's focus includes making sure that "men of all ages can get the information needed to live longer, happier and healthier lives!"

Dr. Charles Wallace will give the keynote message, with Dr. Christopher Davis speaking on a faith approach to wellness.

Conference workshop topics and presenters include: Diabetes Type I & II – Dianne Howell; Congestive Heart Failure – Linda Kelly/K. Chandler; Erectile Dysfunction/Prostate Cancer – Dr. Todd Brooks; Hypertension – Linda Harper; Healthy Relationships – Mary Jackson; Resisting Peer Pressure – Anthony Amos.

Screenings and resources will include: HIV testing, free flu vaccine vouchers, blood pressure, glucose, reflexology, body mass index, CHOICES, dental, and smoking cessation.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the summit concludes at 1 p.m. To register contact the church office at 901-346-5544.

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