TUSKEGEE, AL- The National Park Service and the Tuskegee University School of Nursing and Allied Health is presenting a men's health seminar focusing on the health care needs and concerns for African-American males on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the ballroom of the Kellogg Conference Center. The theme for the men's seminar is "Man Up For Your Health: Healthy Men Moving Our Community Forward". The seminar is one of several events being held the week of April 18th – April 24th in commemoration of Booker T. Washington's launching of National Negro Health Week (MNHW) in 1915.
National Negro Health Week was initiated in 1915 by Booker T. Washington. Dr. Washington sensed the capacity of this movement and appreciated its possibilities, and thus became the All-American champion of Negro health. In 1914, Booker T. Washington stated, "Without health, and until we reduce the high death rate, it will be impossible for us to have permanent success in business, in property getting, in acquiring education, or to show other evidences of progress."
Included in the first call for National Health Week in 1915 were 14 African American agencies and organizations, while the 1934 call included over 45 groups which were active for both white and black.
The Office of Minority Health and the United States Department of Health and Human Services have taken Booker T. Washington's National Negro Health Week and recreated it as National Minority Health Month, a vehicle to promote exercise, wellness, and health improvement. The events scheduled during this week will encourage Tuskegee residents to assess their health needs as well as educate the community on means by which we can enhance our health through community activities via resources available at the National Park Service and on the campus of Tuskegee University.
There is no charge for attending the event. For more information feel free to contact the George Washington Carver Museum at 334-727-3200.