Niagara Falls Wellness 5K Event is Saturday, July 18

Looking for a family-friendly, wellness-focused event this weekend? The City of Niagara Falls is hosting an African American Male Wellness 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, July 18.

The African American Male Wellness Walk has been held in Ohio for 11 years and is the largest health initiative for African Americans in the state—in fact, Ohio Governor John Kasich has proclaimed August 2015 as African American Male Wellness Month. The event has moved across the nation and will be held in seven cities this year: Columbus, Toledo and Youngstown, all in Ohio; Niagara Falls; Detroit, Michigan; Washington D.C.; and Silver Springs, Maryland.

This year’s theme of “Healthy Men Make Healthy Families” is geared towards improving health and wellness within the urban community by providing educational resources that will empower men and their families.

The Niagara Falls event will be held at Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, located at 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14301.  The day will include free health screenings and education and empowerment opportunities for the entire family. Men will be encouraged to take charge of their health by bringing their family together in unity for the cause of good health, well-being, awareness and prevention.

The Kids’ Area is a highlight of the walk activities, along with more than 25 vendors that will distribute information to the community. Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Dr. Willie Underwood, MD, MS, MHS, will serve as the Niagara Falls event’s honorary chairman.

The health screenings for men, women and children will be available at 7 a.m. The adult 5K run/walk will begin at 9 a.m., while a Kids’ Walk will take place at 11 a.m.

Other offerings of the day include free historical site give-a-ways from the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and Gospel Festival 2015 immediately following the Walk activities.

Event sponsors include Independent Health, Univera Healthcare, Rich’s, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, City of Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Heritage Area, P2 Collaborative, National Center for Urban Solutions, Catholic Foundation, Health Foundation Buffalo and Mount Erie Baptist Church.

For additional information call 716-990-7462 or visit

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