Black Barbershop Health Outreach 2013
Members of the Stockton community can receive free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes during the annual Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, hosted by the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 from noon to 4 p.m.
The program is part of a national outreach effort designed to bring awareness to the African American community about how important it is to obtain regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Those three illnesses have been identified as the leading causes of death in African Americans.
According to the American Diabetes Association, "3.7 million African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes. African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites." According to the Center for Disease Control, "African American men suffer from high blood pressure, a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke."
This year's Black Barbershop screenings will be held at Dudes and Divas at 345 N. California St., Bay Kutz at 533 W. Harding Way, and Tru Barber Styles at 8037 West Lane Suite A, all in Stockton. The event is free and all are welcome to participate.