DJ Captain Charles, Kermit Ruffins, Femme Fatale To Perform At 1st National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative

NEW ORLEANS – The entertainment lineup for the first regional National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative set to take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Joe Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., at 9 a.m., will include Emcee Action Jackson, DJ Captain Charles and DJ Jubilee, Gena Brown and Kermit Ruffins, the Zulu Ensemble will represent the choir segment followed by dance performances by Precious Jewels and Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, Walker – Landry, James Singleton, the Sonz of Jazz Brass Band and the Young Men Olympian Jr. Benevolent Society.

         The walk is free and will feature a day full of activities and entertainment for a variety of ages and audiences.

         Presented by New Orleans East Hospital, the New Orleans' National African American Wellness Walk aims to increase the number of annual doctor visits, to improve education on healthy habits and to encourage exercise. Participants will have access to free health screenings, including diabetes, blood pressure and HIV screenings, beginning at 7:00 a.m. The walk is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. with performances to follow.

         "New Orleans is known for good times and high energy,” Judy Dixon, co-chair of local organizing committee, said. “We've made it a point to produce an event that will be educational in that it brings awareness to areas and methods of prevention, informative in supplying men with an avenue to learn their numbers and fun for the entire family and community.”

         The local organizing committee, compiled of community leaders, were tasked at developing an event that not only raises awareness for preventable diseases in African American men, but an event that adds the Big Easy twist to the national effort that takes place in nine other U.S. locations.

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