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 healthcare.

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.

In 2016, The annual event featured a 3-on-3 indoor half-court basketball tournament for kids and adults, as well as other family-friendly activities.

Most importantly, SFL provides free men’s health screenings at an onsite mobile clinic. Community health professionals are also on hand to help men identify a medical facility to serve their primary care needs.

In 2016, the event also served as a food drive for the Mississippi Food Network. The combination of events helped emphasize the connection between food and health, while providing food for families in need.

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.