Press Release

June 11, 2008


State public health department again hosts the Health Pavilion during Real Men Cook event

 IDPH offers health screenings and information to raise awareness and eliminate health disparities  

CHICAGO, Ill. – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, today announced the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will again sponsor the Health and Wellness Pavilion during the Real Men Cook Father's Day Celebration on Sunday, June 15 at South Shore Cultural Center. The Department has hosted the IDPH Health and Wellness Pavilion at the Real Men Cook event since 2005, which has proven a successful way to reach men and their families with messages and encouragement of healthy eating and adopting healthy lifestyles.

“The overall health of African-American men is a major public health concern as underscored by the alarming reality that black men's cancer rates and death rates are higher than any other group,” said Dr. Arnold. “By making minor lifestyle adjustments like healthier eating and exercise, African-American men can help curb the disproportionate numbers of cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.”

The message of getting tested and knowing your HIV status will also be encouraged at the event through Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s BASUAH (Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS) campaign.

WHAT: Real Men Cook – Health and Wellness Pavilion
WHEN: Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, 2008
3:00-6:00 p.m.
WHERE: South Shore Cultural Center
7059 South Shore Drive

IDPH is partnering with health providers to offer free health screenings to visitors of this year’s Real Men Cook Father’s Day event. Some of this year’s offerings will include:

  • Cancer prevention resources
  • Diabetes awareness, prevention and healthy management information
  • Family fitness tips and initiatives on how to live longer and healthier
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables and grilled fruits and vegetables for sampling
  • Greens galore, featuring green salads and cooked greens of all varieties
  • Martial arts experts and demonstrations
  • Nutritional facts, recipes and demonstrations
  • Obesity prevention information
Screening and counseling for HIV/AIDS, diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions

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Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466
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