African-American Paramedics to be honored by the African-American Male Wellness Walk

OhioHealth is a proud sponsor and pleased to share this information.

Please see invite below from Pamela Duckett, Recognition Reception Chair:




Your presence is being requested at the V.I.P. Recognition Reception held on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the Lincoln Theater, 769 E. Long Street, 6:30 P.M. The African American Male Wellness Walk is honoring Paramedics as this year’s healthcare “Health Hero’s” award for their outstanding service. You have been selected as a recipient of this year award!

The African-American Male Wellness Walk raises awareness about health status of Black men. Black men die at an alarming rate from many preventable illnesses. The Walk began in 2004 when African-American men came together to encourage Black men to take charge of their health through awareness and prevention. In 2011, more than 6,000 people participated. The Walk provides the largest number of single site health screenings in Central Ohio.

Why We Walk…

• African American Men live 7.5 years less than other ethnic groups

• African American Men are 5 times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS

• African American Men are 4 times as likely to suffer from kidney failure

• African American Males have higher incidence of prostate cancer

• African American Men have higher incidence of diabetes

These numbers represent our fathers, brothers, sons and co-workers. The numbers are tied to the immediate objectives of the Walk: Increasing the numbers of African American Men who visit their doctors; creating health and wellness awareness within the Black community; and, raising awareness of the benefits of regular physical exercise.

Please RSVP by Wed, Aug. 1st for you and one guest via e-mail; please include name, address, e-mail, phone and Division with each RSVP. If you need additional information, please contact me.


Pamela Duckett, Recognition Reception Chair

8th Annual African American Male Wellness Walk