Illinois Department Of Health Raises Awareness About Black Men's Health

2007-04-26 13:57

Black Men's Health in Illinois

Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker encouraged African-American men to take charge of their health by making better choices and taking advantage of testing for certain diseases and conditions.

"Maximize Our Lives - Black Men's Health Awareness" was the theme of today's luncheon, sponsored by IDPH's Center for Minority Health Services, in partnership with the Broadcast Ministers Alliance of Chicago. The luncheon was one of 70 IDPH events held this April in observance of Minority Health Month.

"We continue to see disparities in the health of Black men," said Dr. Whitaker. "Black men are suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, and prostate cancer at higher rates than their counterparts. While efforts are being made to provide better access to quality healthcare, Black men must also do their part to stay healthy. Eat healthy, exercise and have routine tests done to ensure you don't have a problem."


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