African American Wellness Walk hosts ‘Barbershop Talk’

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — NBC4 is committed to men’s health. That’s why we partnered with the African American Wellness walk.

The African-American Male Wellness Walk hosted a barbershop talk. The idea is that real men talk about real situations and provide real solutions. Why? Because men generally talk a lot at a barbershop, but as an unspoken rule, they will not talk about their health.

The conversation was led by comedian T. K. Kirkland.

“The younger we can start out, we can break the chain of ignorance,” Kirkland said Thursday evening. “They’ll talk amongst each other and it grows from there.”

Free health screenings were offered to men and women in attendance. Plus, resources were available for veterans. The idea was to promote physical and mental health among the men in the African-American community.

Small groups were formed with a barber or health professional to facilitate discussions and offer solutions.

“I want people to take everything that they get from here, incorporate it into everyday life, and then go forward and propel it,” said Rashad Jones, a participating barber

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, black men live five years less, on average, than white men. It’s believed education can improve those numbers.

The AAMWW national executive director, Chad Anderson, explained that everything has stress in our lives, ”From the way you carry your relationships around to the way you manage your money.”  Ultimately, learning how to adjust good and bad stresses is imperative.

“Just dealing with issues,” Anderson said, “We need to know how to do that.”

This program is in preparation for the AAMWW’s annual walk on August 12. There men can come and get their numbers for cholesterol and blood pressure checked. It is not uncommon for people to go directly to the hospital after visiting with a health professional at the event.

Men have said their lives have saved, because of attending the health screenings. Other men say their lives have been changed because they know what steps to take to live a healthier life.

NBC4 is the media partner with the AAMWW.

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