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Real Men Get Checked: New York City

Statistics have shown Black men suffer from the worst health compared to any other racial group in America! They live 7.1 years less than other racial groups and have the highest death rates for all leading causes. For all these reasons, the Real Men Get Checked Health Fair was created to target African-American men along with the sons, wives and daughters that care about their health.

 

 

2007 marked the kick-off for the annual Real Men Get Checked Health Fair. With the kind support and sponsorship of L’Oreal, ESPN, VIBE, Jones Lange LaSalle, Pace Wildenstein, Dr. Ian Smith and State Farm’s 50 Million Pound Challenge, Carol’s Daughter, Vitamin Water, and CenterCare Health Plan we were able to reach more than 300 men in the Harlem community while entertaining them and their families. Attendees were offered free screenings for HIV, glaucoma, cholesterol, prostate cancer, and diabetes to name a few. By providing knowledge about common diseases, screening and access to affordable health care resources, the Real Men Get Checked Health Fair helped men and their families easily access, educate and empower themselves to better handle their health care needs. This isn’t, however, your everyday health-fair! Real Men Get Checked also featured a variety of food offerings, entertainment and more! There were activities to attract the whole family with media coverage by NY1 and CBS, and radio support from KISS FM 98.7.


There are also three times as many fast-food restaurants per person in Harlem as there are in nearby neighborhoods. While Harlem has many bodegas and corner stores, research has shown they are about half as likely to carry low-fat dairy products and seven times less likely to offer certain common vegetables as their Upper East Side counterparts. According to the New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, “diabetes and heart disease which are related to an unhealthy diet—cause more than a third of deaths in East and Central Harlem each year.”

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