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4 Men Only for Free Prostate Screening, April 17

According to the American Diabetic Association, 12.0 million, or 11.2% of all men aged 20 years or older have diabetes, however, one out of every three who have it, don't know it. With its complications of blindness, kidney disease, amputations, heart attack, stroke, and neuropathy, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2006. According to death certificate reports, diabetes contributed to a total of 233,619 deaths in 2005.
While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, it's no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Several things work against men. They tend to smoke and drink more than women. They don't seek medical help as often as women. Some men define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.

There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face such as colon cancer or heart disease can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Health screenings can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. That is why it is important for men to have a personal physician and medical home that offers regular checkups and screenings as needed.

In partnership with The Chicago Defender, The American Kidney Fund, Kennedy King College School of Nursing, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Chicago Heights Alumni Chapter, and Real Men Cook, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System will host a Men's Health Fair on Saturday, April 17 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Provident Hospital of Cook County, 500 E. 51st Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Clinicians throughout the System will provide free prostate screening, kidney screening, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetic screening, HIV screening and counseling, a talk with the doctor, vision screening and more. Participants seeking a physician or medical home will be able to register for clinic appointments at the event. Seminars on "Prostate Wellness" and "Lowering Medications Through Proper Nutrition" are scheduled throughout the day. Free lunch and prizes included. For more information, contact the Department of Public Affairs at 312-572-2742.


Real Men Cook Charities, Inc., Announces Board of Directors

Byron V. Garrett, President and CEO of Life Works International, former CEO of the National PTA, (the first male CEO), he is a former school principal and raised his nephews when his brother was incarcerated. He is known for advocating for youth, education and family, was appointed by Mayor of Phoenix to the Human Relations Commission. Originally form Greensboro, NC, currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership, administration and public policy program at Pepperdine University and is author of four books. See Press Release announcement

Mark Fishback heads the Men’s Core Group, an Ad Hoc group of men who participate in Real Men Cook® on Father’s Day in Chicago and the chief male liaison between the cooks and Resource Associates International, working directly with the president. He is the Community Outreach Manager, a voluntary position, where he manages the participation of men in as many as 15 health related events throughout the year. He joined the Board at the recommendation of retiring Board Chairman, Karega Kofi Moyo.

Derrick Gillard, Nordstrom Fashion Specialist, recognized nationally for top 10% customer service performer with the company. He is All Star, Pace Setter, Top Tier performer and is a Men’s Wear Specialist and is certified to sell fine jewelry. His luxury brand associations include St. John, Bentley and Infinity, companies and brands. With a four-year association with Real Men Charities, Inc., he serves as regular financial contributor to the organization and as Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Regina High, Manager, Community Investments, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, was recently promoted to that position where she manages the charitable giving/grant and sponsorship for BCBSIL, including the corporate volunteer program for over 5000 employees. She joined the Board in 2009 after having BCBSIL sponsor of the Health & Wellness Pavilion. She was honored by the American Heart Association, and named the Midwest Affiliate winner of the Power to End Stroke National Campaign by the American Heart Association.

Rael Jackson, entrepreneur and president of Brand Rally. Formerly employed by Resource Associates International, the creators of the Real Men Cook events and brands. He maintains a position as RAI Vice President and National Real Men Cook brand strategist, having represented the brand full-time for seven years, including the expansion of the branded events in ten cities. As an employee and director of Health & Wellness initiatives and Grant compliance for Real Men Charities, Inc., he lead male involvement, obesity and health disparity initiatives and communication. He cut his teeth with the Real Men Cook and MOBE (Marketing Opportunities in Business & Entertainment) brands and went on to lead them. He left in 2009 to join he US Census as Partnerships Specialist.

Michael K James, PhD, author, educator and community activist. He recently earned his PhD and is founder of HOPE (Helping Oppressed People Emerge) and Saving the Children. He raised his children as single parent, and works with Black boys in Special Education. Joined the Board in 2020. His books include, “ABSENT The Assimilation of African American Males into Nonbeing.” The next book, “A House No More Divided,” will be published in March.

Yvette Moyo-Gillard is a social entrepreneur, brand strategist, family health and fitness enthusiast and a leader in the fatherhood movement. She is credited with changing the way Father’s Day is celebrated as chief marketing officer and owner of the Real Men Cook® brand for over 20 years, which is an event featuring men cooking for a cause. Her events have become the national Father’s Day tradition. Her efforts have landed Real Men Cook on various Food Network programs including Paula Deen and Emeri Live!; in USA Today, TIME magazine and on major news networks and syndicated radio with her good men messages inspiring millions.

Bruce B. Rush, President and CEO of The Marketing Store, Inc. (Philadelphia PA) A marketing and PR company specializing in event marketing and management, advertising and PR, and Internet marketing. Managed Real Men Cook Father's Day event in Philadelphia for 10 years )2000-2009). Currently First Vice Polemarch of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Also serves on the fraternity's national leadership team, and was formerly a member of its Grand Board of Directors. Served as Acting General Manager of the Dell East (1001-1009_, a concert venue owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia. Earned a BS and BA degree from Penn State University.

Walter Dale has been an entertainment attorney for 20 years, specializing in the music industry. He is a professor at Columbia College Chicago teaching courses in the music business. He has donated legal services and professional consultation to Real Men Charities, Inc. since 2003. Walter serves as National Treasurer of the Black Entertainment & Sports Association (BESLA).

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Charles (Chas) Ryan is an Attorney who has donated his time and legal expertise to Real Men Charities since June 2010. More about Chas in the future.

Evelyn Taylor, Life Works International, former Chief of Staff with the National PTA, she has vast experience having worked with nonprofits for the last 25 years with a passion for children and family.