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Second Annual Man Up! Cincinnati Men’s Health Expo promotes African-American well-being with free health screenings.


Cincinnati Men’s Health Expo Mercy Health Cincinnati is hosting the second annual Man Up! Men’s Health Expo on Friday, November 3, at the Mercy Health Bond Hill Office from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Admission is free, but interested persons are asked to register in advance to participate in the free health screenings and hear Ken Griffey, Sr., speak. Griffey will discuss his career as part of the Reds’ famed Big Red Machine. As well as why having regular health screenings is so important.


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Schedule of Events


5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Free Health Screenings
7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Ken Griffey, Sr.
7:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Closing


Health Screenings


Man Up! is a health expo targeted at African-American men in the Cincinnati area. For the second year in a row, these free health screenings will be available to all participants:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Fat
  • Blood Glucose
  • Cholesterol
  • Prostate
  • Colon
  • Vision
  • Behavioral Health


In addition to free health screenings, the Man Up! Men’s Health Expo also features a complimentary light meal. There will be a keynote presentation from Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Sr., a prostate cancer survivor.



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Last year, nearly 400 people attended Cincinnati Men’s Health Expo Man Up! They participated in hundreds of free diabetes, cholesterol, vision, glaucoma, prostate, behavioral health, and lung cancer screenings. More than 25 participants also wished to connect with a primary care doctor for regular care.


“The screenings we provide at Man Up! are vital, valuable and could ultimately help save someone’s life, especially when you consider that men are 100% less likely than women to have an annual physical exam. They also die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death. These facts are not unrelated,”  said one of this year’s Man UP! event hosts, Mercy Health Physician Kent Robinson, MD.



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“There are significant health disparities in Cincinnati, and African-American men remain at the bottom of the list for life expectancy. By hosting the Man Up! Men’s Health Expo Mercy Health is addressing this health gap. I urge African-American men in our community to take advantage of this free health event and register today,” said the second this year’s Man UP! event hosts, Mercy Health Physician Keith Melvin, MD.


The 2017 Man Up! Men’s Health Expo is possible thanks to sponsors’ generous support, including Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Eli Lilly, Medtronic, Pfizer, Urology Group, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, City of Cincinnati, and Medpace.



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Written by: Crystal Kendrick


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