Free Barbershop Health Sessions for men Saturday, Jan 30th


by Doug Proffitt

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 22 at 6:44 PM

(WHAS11) - A trip to the barber could mean more than just a haircut for Kentuckiana men next week.

Skip’s Shears Plus Three in Louisville is hosting free health screenings Saturday, January 30th. They also held the screenings today. The goal is to get African-American men screened for diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

The barbershop sessions are part of a national trend to promote better health among African-American men.

Stethoscopes shared space with scissors Friday as dozens of African-American men took advantage of a free health clinic held inside a bustling barbershop.  

The idea behind Louisville’s Barbershop Health Sessions is to bring health care to some of the people who need it most.

“As a public health practice of going to where the people are you want to reach, one of the places we know we're going to find black men is a barbershop,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness.

The free health screenings are directed at African-American men because statistics show they have some of the worst health in the country.

“Black men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. Black men have higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease,” added Dr. Troutman.

Friday’s tests were for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

The Barbershop Health Sessions for men are being held Saturday, January 30th  from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Skip’s Shears Plus Three at 8th and West Broadway.