There’s only one men’s wellness 5k walk in America and it’s right here in Milwaukee. This Annual MAN UP 5K Wellness Walk will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 along the beautiful River Walk-downtown Milwaukee.
“This historic Man Up Wellness 5k Walk begins the critical process of addressing the disparities experienced by men of color. It is imperative that we in this community recognize and address the needs and issues of this long-overlooked population, says Azure De Williams, Regional Director of the American Heart Association. “This type of event helps us to drive the message home to men that their health is paramount and walking is a great start,” says Williams.
Just not down for that half-hour jog? No problem. Take a walk instead. A surprising new study shows that brisk walking has the same heart-health benefits as running – as long as you hoof it twice as long. Researchers found that the same energy used for high-intensity running and moderate-intensity walking yielded similar decreases in high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease risks.
In Milwaukee there are pronounced disparities in health by race, ethnicity, class, and gender for a wide range of outcomes, and research suggests that young males of color are particularly at risk. A full understanding of health by race and gender requires attention to the social conditions in which health is embedded.
These men will receive health screenings and valuable general health information they need to improve their overall health status.
One of my goals as publisher of FELLAS, Men’s Guide to Healthy Living, is to continue the effort to eliminate health disparities in Milwaukee. Among the most overlooked populations who experience the poorest health outcomes and face the biggest barriers to care are men of color. We want fathers to bring their sons and women to sign up the men in their lives including brothers, uncles, cousins and nephews.
You can register individually or your team at www.fellashealth.com. Exhibitors are encouraged to join this historic event by purchasing your booth by Friday, August 8th.
Our partners: American Heart Association American & Cancer Society: Our sponsors include: along with our host Mike Anderson, WISN 12, McDonalds, Aurora Healthcare, City of Milwaukee, City of Milwaukee Health Department, Cricket Wireless, Community Advocates-Black Male Initiative, Abbott, Fire & Police Commission, Social Development Commission, YMCA, Hayat Pharmacy, Pulmedix Asthma Center, Universal Schools, Molina Health, State Farm Insurance-Leonard Cratic, Playmakers, Schlitz Park and our media partners WISN-12-ABC and WJMR-98.3 FM Radio.