LIMA – April is National Minority Health Month and Lima Memorial Health System is partnering with over 25 organizations to share health and wellness information at Lima Senior High School on Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Racial and ethnic health disparities are undermining our communities. African Americans are more likely to suffer from certain health conditions and are more likely to get sicker and have serious complications and even die from many of these. Some of the common health disparities that affect African Americans in the United States are as follows:
- Breast Cancer: 40% more likely to die from breast cancer
- Obesity: 40% more likely to be obese
- Diabetes: 60% more likely to be diabetic and two times as likely to undergo a leg, foot or toe amputation
- Prostate Cancer: Twice as likely to die from prostate cancer
- Heart disease: 30% more likely to die of heart disease
- Stroke: 40% more likely to die from stroke
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with local health professionals and organizations and obtain free laboratory, hearing, vision and osteoporosis screening. Additionally, participants will be able to interact with more than 25 community organizations to learn about how they can participate in taking control of their wellness.