Free blood pressure, BMI screenings at Michigan City barbershops April 22

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. - Free blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index screenings will be available at two Michigan City barbershops on April 22 thanks to Franciscan Health Michigan City.

The screenings are available as part of the 11th Annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., anyone in the community can stop by Sharper's Image inside Meijer at 5150 Franklin St. or Platinum Designs at 1801 Franklin St. to receive the services.

Participants can also join in on a number of giveaways.

The event is held each year to educate Black men about their health. In addition to the screenings, health information resources will be available at the shops.  

This year, more than 27 locations across Indiana are participating in the initiative.

“We are pleased to be a part of the 11th Annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative, because continuing to build trust in a cultural institution that attracts a large number of Black men is where we can have the greatest impact on providing screenings and health information about chronic illnesses,” said Nila Williams, community health improvement coordinator for Franciscan Health Michigan City and Franciscan Health Beacon La Porte. “It is very important to maintain those relationships with the Black businesses as well as working with the other community partners.”

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, Black men have the highest mortality rate of any demographic in the state.

They also have higher instances of prostate cancer compared to other ethnic groups in the state, according to the department of health.

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