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Man Up! For Better Health

DETROIT (WWJ) – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is sponsoring a free health screening clinic for any family in need this weekend at the Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

Health screenings will take place for anyone from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 10, but of particular focus will be older, African-American men who, statistically, are at greater risk for cancer and heart disease. Sports physicals for children 10 and older, a three-mile walk, and refreshments will also be part of the healthy day.

Bob Johnson from 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, which is one of the sponsors of the event, spoke with WWJ.

“Roughly, 40 percent of African-American men in Michigan don’t live to be 65 years of age,” Johnson said. “Our focus is trying to educate people on cancer related illnesses, cardiovascular related illnesses, because actally both of them are subject to, improvement; namely early detection and lifestyle changes.”

Click on here for advanced registration information  or call (313) 874-4811 for information.

The event for the whole family includes health screenings by the area’s hospitals, sports physicals for children 10 and older, a 3-mile walk and refreshments. All pre-registered participants are eligible for cash prize raffles.

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