Men's Health
Reaching Out to Minority Males

Minority men have the poorest health outcomes and lowest life expectancies in the United States. Of that group, African American men in the South face the most significant health challenges.

African American men suffer disproportionally from high blood pressure, a known risk factor for stroke and heart disease. In fact, according to the CDC, nearly 44 percent of African American men have some form of cardiovascular disease.

They are also more likely to develop prostate cancer, asthma, and diabetes than other groups.

Yet, many African American men don’t seek care until their conditions are severe.

We believe that health and longevity should not be dependent upon race, ethnicity, gender, geography, or socioeconomic status.

That’s why the Manning Family Fund for a Healthier Mississippi supports the work of UMMC in improving men’s health outcomes.

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Sports for Life: Teaming up for Men’s Health

We need to better engage all men—particularly African Americans—in their own health care.

And that means knocking down the cultural, economic, psychological, political, and social barriers that keep them from eating better, exercising more, reducing stress, and getting regular checkups.

The UMMC Sports for Life (SFL) program, made possible by the Manning Family Fund, is designed to raise awareness about minority men's health and promote the importance of routine health exams.

The 2017 Sports for Life event was conducted in conjunction with the Governor's Cup, the annual baseball game between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. At the event, men and women took part in free blood pressure and BMI screenings and learned tips on making daily exercise and healthy eating a part of their daily lives.

It’s critical that we help the men in our communities—and those in our lives—live longer, healthier, happier lives. That’s why the Manning Family Fund supports men’s health events like these.

Please help us make Mississippi healthier by donating to the Manning Family Fund.