African American Male Wellness run is community event


The second annual African American Male Wellness 5K Walk/Run on Aug. 2 is for everybody in the Mahoning Valley.

“Don’t get distracted by the name,” said the Rev. Lewis Macklin, event chairman.

The event also has three honorary chairmen: McDonald Village Mayor Glenn Holmes, Warren Mayor Douglas Franklin, and former Youngstown mayor Jay Williams.

The focus is on black men, who are disproportionately affected by diabetes, prostate cancer, heart disease and other health issues, but the whole community, men and women, black and white, is invited to participate, the Rev. Mr. Macklin said.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., preceded by free health screenings for the entire family starting at 7 a.m. Also before the walk/run, there will be entertainment and a warm-up, Mr. Macklin said.

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