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First African-American Male Wellness Walk is Saturday

Published: Wed, August 28, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.

By William K. Alcorn



Reality television personality Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, a Youngstown native, is scheduled to participate in Saturday’s inaugural Youngstown/Warren African-American Male Wellness 5-Mile Run/Walk.

Omarosa, known for her appearances on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” and other reality shows, will march in honor of deceased actor Michael Clarke Duncan, her fiance. She will also appear at a private pre-event reception Friday, said the Rev. Dr. Lewis Macklin II, event chairman.

It will begin at 7 a.m. with health screenings; and at 9:30 a.m., the Bicycle/Adult Run Walk will get underway at Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 505 Park-cliffe Ave., on Youngstown’s South Side.

People do not have to pre-register for the competitive events or health screenings. “Just show up. We’re prepared for 1,200 people,” said the Rev. Mr. Macklin, the church’s senior pastor.

There will be kids’ health activities from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a Kids Walk at 11 a.m. Other activities promoting health and wellness for children include free T-shirts and goodie bags, bicycle drawing, bounce house and face-painting.

Health statistics show a greater percentage of black men die from leading killers such as prostate cancer, diabetes and hypertension than white men.

The answer to reducing this disparity is early diagnosis. Many black males don’t go to the doctor until it is too late, Mr. Macklin said.

Screenings will be provided by Humility of Mary Health Partners personnel, as well teams of interns from the Northeast Ohio Medical University and from Youngstown State University’s Respiratory Care program, Mr. Macklin said.

Ideally, the pastor said, it helps if people fast for cholesterol and blood-sugar screenings, but it is not necessary.

Mr. Macklin said parking is available in neighboring churches with shuttle service provided by the Western Reserve Transit Authority. Youngstown police will provide security.

“Historically, black men are quick to make sure everyone else in our families are taken care of, but ourselves. But now we recognize that early diagnosis of these preventable and curable diseases in men is also beneficial to the whole family and the community,” he added.

He urged men to participate in Saturday’s event.

“Very seldom do we have access at no cost to care by nurses and doctors. I’m truly impressed and emboldened by the outpouring of support from the community for this event. I’m proud of the Mahoning Valley,” Mr. Macklin said.

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