African American Men’s Health Symposium coming to Norfolk

African American Men’s Health Symposium coming to Norfolk


>>>HI.
I’M TERRANCE AFER-ANDERSON, AND THIS IS HEALTHWATCH.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I’VE SAT IN THIS CHAIR AND BROUGHT YOU
HEALTHWATCH. WE TOOK A BIT OF A SABBATICAL,
SO THAT WE COULD PREPARE FOR THE VERY SPECIAL EDITION OF THE SHOW
THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE, AN HOUR-LONG SPECIAL EDITION ON AN
EXTRAORDINARY HEALTH EVENT COMING UP SOON.
IT’S THE ILLUMINATING GOOD HEALTH: ELIMINATING THE CLOAK OF
INVISIBILITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM.
THIS EVENT WILL FEATURE FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS, EDUCATIONAL
WORKSHOPS, A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH, A LIVE JAZZ
CONCERT, SEVERAL PRESENTATIONS BY NATIONAL AND REGIONAL
NOTABLES, AND A KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY DR. NATHANIEL STINSON,
DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE PROGRAMS, THE NATIONAL
INSTITUTE OF MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES, OF THE
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. THE ENTIRE EVENT IS COMPLETELY
FREE OF CHARGE. BUT FIRST, A LITTLE BACKGROUND.
LAST SEPTEMBER, I WAS AT THE U.S. CAPITOL RECEIVING AN AWARD
FROM THE PROSTATE HEALTH EDUCATION NETWORK, PHEN.
THE FOLLOWING DAY, I DELIVERED THE WELCOME ADDRESS AT THE PHEN
PROSTATE CANCER DISPARITY SUMMIT AT THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION
CENTER. NOW SOME OF YOU ARE LIKELY AWARE
OF RALPH ELLISON’S AWARD-WINNING NOVEL “THE INVISIBLE MAN” TOLD
THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ANONYMOUS AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALE NARRATOR.
IT WAS THE STORY OF HOW HE, AS A BLACK MAN, FELT INVISIBLE LIVING
IN PRE-1950s AMERICA. AS I PREPARED FOR MY
PRESENTATION AT THE PHEN DISPARITY SUMMIT, WHILE
REFLECTING ON THE DISPROPORTIONATE INCIDENCE OF
DISEASES IMPACTING AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN TODAY, IT
OCCURRED TO ME THAT ELLISON’S INVISIBLE MAN STILL HAD SOME
RELEVANCE. SO I ENCOURAGED THOSE IN
ATTENDANCE TO BE PROACTIVE ABOUT THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE TO AVOID
BECOMING INVISIBLE. THAT BRIEF PRESENTATION BECAME
THE SEED FOR THE VERY SPECIAL HEALTH EVENT TAKING PLACE ON
AUGUST 18 AT THE NORFOLK PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER, THE ILLUMINATING
GOOD HEALTH: ELIMINATING THE CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY
AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM.
MY GUESTS TODAY ARE HERE TO HELP ME SHARE THE NEWS ABOUT THIS
IMPORTANT PROGRAM, AND I AM VERY PLEASED AND HONORED TO INTRODUCE
EACH OF THEM TO YOU. FIRST UP, I HAVE THE GREAT
PLEASURE OF WELCOMING A DEAR FRIEND AND MY BIG BROTHER IN
PROSTATE CANCER. HIS NAME IS CHARLIE W. HILL JR.,
PRESIDENT AND A CO-FOUNDER OF THE HAMPTON ROADS PROSTATE
HEALTH FORUM AND A VALIANT PROSTATE CANCER WARRIOR.
ANOTHER VERY SPECIAL GUEST JOINING US TODAY IS KEITH
GREGORY, THE NEWLY APPOINTED DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
HAMPTON UNIVERSITY PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE.
I AM ALSO VERY PLEASED TO WELCOME A RETURNING GUEST TO
HEALTHWATCH, LAWRENCE LAMBERT, MANAGER OF PROGRAMS, THE
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION. LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT THE
LEAST, I’M PLEASED TO WELCOME ANOTHER FRIEND, PHILIP SMITH,
OWNER AND OPERATOR OF HEALTH-FIT-PERFORM-CO.
HE IS ALSO HERE TODAY REPRESENTING THE GREATER NORFOLK
MEDICAL SOCIETY AND THE NORFOLK COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER.
WELCOME TO HEALTHWATCH, GENTLEMEN.
>>THANK YOU, TERRANCE.>>THANK YOU, TERRANCE.
>>GOOD TO BE HERE.>>IN A MOMENT I’M GOING TO GIVE
THESE DISTINGUISH GENTLEMEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO TELL US A BIT
MORE ABOUT THE AGENCY EACH REPRESENTS AND THEN, OF COURSE,
WE’RE GOING TO PROVIDE YOU WITH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE
ILLUMINATING GOOD HEALTH: ELIMINATING THE CLOAK OF
INVISIBILITY, AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN’S FORUM, WHICH I
AFFECTIONATELY CALL IGHECI. BUT FIRST, LET ME SHARE WHY IT
IS SO VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE STAGE SUCH AN EVENT.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF
MINORITY HEALTH REPORTS THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE MORE
LIKELY TO DEVELOP CANCER THAN PERSONS OF ANY OTHER RACIAL OR
ETHNIC GROUP. AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE THE
HIGHEST CANCER DEATH RATE THAN ANY OTHER RACIAL OR ETHNIC
GROUP. THE INCIDENCE OF PROSTATE CANCER
IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN IS 60% HIGHER THAN THE RATE IN WHITE
MEN. THE PROSTATE CANCER DEATH RATE
IS MORE THAN TWICE AS HIGH AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICANS THAN ANY OTHER
RACIAL OR ETHNIC GROUP. THE OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH
ALSO REPORTS THAT AROUND 40% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN HAVE SOME
FORM OF HEART DISEASE COMPARED TO 30% OF WHITE MEN.
AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE ALSO 29% MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE THAN WHITES.
AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO HAVE DIABETES AS
WHITES. STROKE DEATH RATES ARE
SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS THAN FOR
WHITES. LASTLY, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH ALSO REPORTS
THAT, QUOTE, IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY,
HIV/AIDS HAS BECOME AN EPIDEMIC. MORE THAN 54% OF HIV/AIDS
DIAGNOSES IN 2002 WERE IN AFRICAN-AMERICANS.
AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE TEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF AIDS THAN
WHITES. AIDS IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF
DEATH IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN AGED 25 TO 34 AND THE THIRD
LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN IN THE SAME
AGE GROUP. MORE THAN 64% OF HIV-POSITIVE
INFANTS ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN. GENTLEMEN, THESE ARE ALARMING
STATISTICS. WE WANT TO GET TO THE HEART OF
WHY THE AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE FACED BY THESE MALADIES IN A
DISPROPORTIONATE FASHION. BUT FIRST, I’D LIKE FOR EACH OF
YOU TO TELL US JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE AGENCIES YOU
REPRESENT. CHARLIE, LET’S START WITH YOU.
>>THE HAMPTON ROADS PROSTATE HEALTH FORUM HAS AS ITS PRIMARY
MISSION TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MEN DYING FROM PROSTATE CANCER
IN HAMPTON ROADS AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THOSE MEN WHO
ARE DIAGNOSED AND THE WOMEN AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO LOVE THEM.
THAT’S THE PRIMARY MISSION. OUR GOAL UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF
AWARENESS AND EDUCATION ARE TO ACCELERATE THE PUBLIC
CONVERSATION ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER, TO RECRUIT AND ENGAGE
WOMEN IN THIS CAMPAIGN, AND TO ENCOURAGE THAT MEN TAKE CHARGE
OF THEIR OWN HEALTH.>>THOSE ARE QUITE AMBITIOUS
GOALS, BUT YOU DO WELL AT ACHIEVING THEM ALL.
>>WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS AND WE THANK YOU.
>>THANK YOU. I’M VERY MUCH DELIED TO BE A
PART OF THEá– DELIGHTED TO BE A PART OF THE HAMPTON ROADS
PROJECT HEALTH FORUM. KEITH, YOU REPRESENT THE HAMPTON
UNIVERSITY PROTON HEALTH INSTITUTE.
>>THAT’S CORRECT, THE HAMPTON ROADS PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE
IS THE LARGEST FREE-STANDING PROTON THERAPY CLINIC IN THE
WORLD. PROTON THERAPY IS AN ADVANCED
FORM OF RADIATION THERAPY. WE TREAT A VARIETY OF CANCERS,
ONE OF WHICH IS PROSTATE. WE TREAT ALSO BREATH, LUNG, HEAD
AND NECK, AND PEDIATRIC CANCERS. WE HAVE FOUR PHYSICIANS IN THE
FACILITY AND IT’S A BEAUTIFUL, LARGE FACILITY AND HAMPTON ROADS
AS VERY FORTUNATE AREA TO HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT IN THE
COMMUNITY. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THERE ARE
ONLY A FEW PLACES THAT HAVE THEM AND MOST OF THEM ARE VERY LARGE
METROPOLITAN AREAS THAT HAVE THESE FACILITIES.
I’M ALSO A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF THE PROSTATE HEALTH FORUM
WITH MR.áHILL AND HAPPY TO SERVE INá– TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THOSE
GOALS BECAUSE I THINK SPECIFICALLY IN THE HAMPTON
ROADS AREA, WHICH WE’LL TALK ABOUT LATER, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT
THAT WE ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF PROSTATE CANCER IN THE
COMMUNITY.>>YOU KNOW, I WANT TO INTERJECT
AND I’M SO VERY PLEASED TO HAVE ALL OF YOU ON THE SHOW BECAUSE
AS WE DO WORK IN THE COMMUNITY TO ADDRESS THE DISPARITIES
IMPACTING AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN, YOU KNOW, YOUR FACES ARE ALWAYS
THERE, YOU KNOW, AND I’M VERY PLEASED TO HAVE YOU ON BOARD.
NOW, YOU’RE WITH THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION, LAWRENCE,
THE MANAGER OF PROGRAMS.>>YES.
>>TELL US ABOUT YOUR MISSION AND HOW YOU GUYS ACHIEVE YOUR
GOALS.>>WE WERE FOUNDED IN THE 1940s
WHEN THERE WAS VERY LITTLE TREATMENT PROVIDED FOR PEOPLE
WITH DIABETES. OUR MISSION IS TO PREVENT AND
CURE DIABETES, BUT ALSO TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF ALL PEOPLE
THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE DECIDE. WE’RE ALMOSTá– BY THE DISEASE.
WE’RE ALMOST AT 26áMILLION PEOPLE NOW WITH THIS DISEASE.
>>26áMILLION?>>OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS,
WE’VE GONE FROM 14 TO 26. AND SO AS WE ARE SEEING PROGRESS
WITH OTHER DISEASES, DIABETES IS RUNNING RAMPANT.
AND SO WE’RE ALL ABOUT EDUCATION.
RIGHT NOW, WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO GET OUT TO THE COMMUNITY TO
TALK ABOUT THIS DISEASE, TO HAVE PEOPLE ACTUALLY WITHIN FAMILIES
TALK ABOUT THEIR RISK FOR THIS DISEASE BECAUSE IT’S A DISEASE
THAT WILL SNEAK UP ON YOU. IT’S A DISEASE OF DENIAL IF YOU
DON’T TALK ABOUT THE RISKS.>>THAT’S MORE THAN A 100%
INCREASE. WELL, ALMOST 100% INCREASE IN
TEN YEARS.>>YEAH, IT’S REALLY QUITE
ALARMING AND I FEEL LIKE MY JOB IS TO RING THE BELL.
>>RIGHT, RIGHT.>>SO THAT PEOPLE KNOW THAT THIS
DISEASE IS GROWING AND WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT NOW
BECAUSE NOT ONLY DOES IT TAKE YOUR HEALTH, IT TAKES YOUR
MONEY, AND IT TAKES YOUR PEOPLE FAR TOO SOON.
AND THE PEOPLE THAT WE REALLY NEED, WHICH ARE OUR SENIORS, THE
PEOPLE THAT GIVE WISDOM WHEN THEY’RE, YOU KNOW, HAVING
AMPUTATIONS IN THEIR 40s, AND THEN THEY’RE GONE BEFORE WE CAN
REALLY GET THE FULL IMPACT.>>LET ME ASK YOU I WANT TO GET
TO YOU, PHIL, IN JUST ONE SECOND, BUT I WANT TO ASK YOU,
IS THAT AN INCREASE BECAUSE THERE’S MORE TESTING BEING DONE
OR GENERALLY AN INCREASE IN THE INCIDENCE OF DIABETES.
>>PROBABLY MORE TESTING AS A PART OF IT, BUT WE’RE ACTUALLY
SEEING, IF YOU GO TO ANY PHYSICIAN, THEY ARE TELLING YOU
THEY’RE SEEING FAR MORE PEOPLE IN THEIR PRACTICE THAT HAVE THIS
DISEASE AND SO IT IS GROWING.>>OKAY.
WELL, I HAVE A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS FOR YOU AS WELL AS
EVERYBODY ELSE HERE. NOW, PHIL, YOU ARE WEARING THREE
HATS TODAY. YOU ARE REPRESENTING YOUR OWN
COMPANY HEALTH-FIT-PERFORM-CO, THE GREATER NORFOLK MEDICAL
SOCIETY WHICH A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE IS INVOLVED, DR.áANTHONY
MERCER, AND THE NORFOLK COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER.
TELL US ABOUT EACH OF THOSE AGENCIES.
>>HEALTH-FIT-PERFORM-CO IS A HEALTH AND FITNESS ORGANIZATION
AND WE HAVE A BROAD SPECTRUM OF CLIENTS.
WE WORK WITH CORPORATE CLIENTS AND ALL THEIR EMPLOYEES IN THE
AREA. WE ALSO PARTNER WITH A COUPLE OF
THE GIMS IN THE GHENT-NORFOLK AREA, GHENT GYM AS WELL AS
MEYERS FITNESS. WE WORK WITH ATHLETIC TEAMS,
WITH FAMILY MEMBERS ON PERSONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS, AND WE ALSO
GO INTO THEIR HOMES AND OFFER FITNESS PROGRAMS AND NUTRITIONAL
PROGRAMS, WH IT’S DIRECTLY WITHINá– WHETHER IT’S DIRECTLY
WITHIN THE HOME OR PERHAPS WITHIN FITNESS COMPLEXES WITHIN
AN APARTMENT COMPLEX OR WITHIN A CONDO ASSOCIATION, SO WE SET UP
PROGRAMS IN ALL THOSE REGARDS. SO FAR AS THE GREATER NORFOLK
MEDICAL SOCIETY, WE’VE DONE A NUMBER OF PROJECTS WITH THEM.
THEY HAVE SPONSORED THINGS SUCCESSFULLY OVER THE LAST FOUR
OR FIVE YEARS ALONG WITH DR.áMERCER’S OUTFIT SPONSORING
THE FAT CONFERENCE WHICH WE’VE DONE THE LAST SIX YEARS, WHICH
IS PROMOTING HEALTHY ACTIVE TEENS AND WE DO WONDERFUL THINGS
IN TRYING TO EDUCATE THE KIDS AND MAKE SURE WE DO OUR PART IN
BRINGING ABOUT THE OBESITY AWARENESS ISSUES PLAGUING OUR
YOUTH THESE DAYS.>>AND THE NORFOLK COMMUNITY
HEALTH CENTER IS AGAIN LINKED WITH THE GREATER NORFOLK MEDICAL
SOCIETY.>>ABSOLUTELY.
WE WORK WITH EVERYTHING ON THEM FROM REFERRALS TO EITHER OF THE
TWO ENTITIES I MENTIONED WE’RE CONTRACTED WITH, AS WELL AS
SPONSORSHIP OF PROGRAMS LIKE
THE PHAT.
>>WE NEED TO GIVE THEM HELP AS THEY CAN.
>>ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THEY CAME INTO DEVELOPMENT WAS TO
HELP ADDRESS THE DISPARITIES THAT WE HAVE AMONGST THE
MINORITY COMMUNITY.>>THEY ARE, AS WELL AS YOUR OWN
AGENCIES, VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN THE IGHECI AFRICAN AMERICAN
MEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM. CHARLIE, YOU’RE ONE OF THE
PLENARY SPEAKERS AND YOU’RE GOING TO A TAG-TEAM PRESENTATION
WITH AN ONCOLOGIST THAT IS YOUR ONCOLOGIST AS WELL AS MY OWN,
MARK FLEMING OF VIRGINIA ONCOLOGY ASSOCIATES.
TELL US ABOUT THE EVENT.>>IT’S A WONDERFUL EVENT FOR
THOSE TO ATTEND THE EVENT, TO UNDERSTAND THE ONCOLOGIST’S
PERSPECTIVE, TO LEARN ABOUT THE NEW TREATMENT MODALITIES, TO
LEARN ABOUT ADVANCED TREATMENT STRATEGIES IF YOU HAVE ADVANCED
PROSTATE CANCER. WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE
OF EARLY DETECTION, WHEN A MAN SHOULD AT LEAST BEGIN THE
PROCESS OF LEARNING ABOUT HIS PROSTATE HEALTH, EVEN BEFORE
PROSTATE CANCER IS ON THE HORIZON, WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT,
ETCETERA. WE’LL TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN
THE EVENT A MAN IS FACED WITH TREATMENT, HOW TO MANAGE, HOW TO
DEAL WITH INCONTINENCE, HOW TO DEAL WITH ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION.
ONE OF THE EXCITING THINGS ABOUT LIVING IN 2012 IS YOU DO NOT
HAVE TO BE INCONTINENT, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE ERECTILE
DYSFUNCTION AT THIS TIME BECAUSE THERE ARE PROCEDURES, WAYS TO
SOLVE THOSE PROBLEMS. SO THOSE WILL BE IMPORTANT
ELEMENTS FOR OUR DISCUSSION AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A FULL HOUSE
TO GET REALLY ENGAGED. ONE FINAL PIECE THAT I REALLY
WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE RECRUITING PROSTATE
CANCER WARRIORS.>>THAT WORKS.
I LIKE THAT. I LIKE THAT.
AGAIN, YOU ARE INDEED A PROSTATE CANCER WARRIOR AND I’LL NEVER
FORGET, SHORTLY AFTER I WAS DIAGNOSED, IN FACT, AS I WAS
GOING THROUGH IT, WE WERE AT A MEETING OF THE AMERICAN CANCER
SOCIETY WHEN YOU AND I FIRST TALKED AND YOU PULLED ME ASIDE.
I’LL NEVER FORGET THAT. THAT MEANT A WHOLE LOT TO ME AND
I EXPECT THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT SAME KIND OF
MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION TO OTHER PEOPLE THERE.
YOU ALSO, OF COURSE, REFERRED ME TO DR.áFLEMING WHO I’M JUST
VERY, VERY PLEASED TO HAVE HIM AND, AGAIN, HE WILL BE
PRESENTING IN THE TAG-TEAM PROGRAM WITH YOU.
LET ME ASK YOU, WHY ARE EVENTS LIKE THE IGHECI AFRICAN AMERICAN
MEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM SO IMPORTANT?
>>THESE EVENTS ARE SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY GIVE US THE
OPPORTUNITY TO REINFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DETECTION,
THE IMPORTANCE OF MEN TAKING CHARGE, BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR
THEIR OWN HEALTH AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TALKING ABOUT
WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THEM. I MENTIONED EARLIER PROSTATE
CANCER WARRIORS, AS OPPOSED TO SIMPLY BEING SURVIVORS.
THERE ARE TOO MANY SURVIVORS. IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT A
SURVIVOR IS, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SIMPLY BE ALIVE.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS EXIST AND YOU ARE A SURVIVOR.
WHAT WE WANT IS FOR THOSE MEN WHO HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH
LONGEVITY, WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED AND ARE STILL AROUND
TO TALK ABOUT IT, WE WANT THEM TO TELL THEIR STORIES TO HELP
OTHER MEN, AND THAT’S WHAT A WARRIOR IS.
>>INDEED. AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I
ADMIRE AND APPRECIATE YOU, CHARLIE, AND YOUR COMING ON THE
SHOW TO TALK ABOUT THESE ISSUES. I DID WANT TO ASK, ARE THERE
UNIQUE CHALLENGES THAT FACE AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN THAT ARE
DIAGNOSED WITH PROSTATE CANCER?>>I THINK SO AND I’LL USE A
TERM CALLED CULTURAL INHERITANCE.
WE ALL DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE OF WHAT WE LEARNED AT AN EARLY AGE.
AND IT’S INTERESTING, AS I THINK MY OWN PERSONAL SITUATION, I
DON’T RECALL MY DADDY GOING TO DOCTORS.
OKAY? AND WE AS A GROUP, BLACK MEN IN
PARTICULAR, DON’T HAVE A GREAT TRACK RECORD OF GOING TO DOCTORS
UNLESS SOMETHING HURTS REAL BAD, IT’S FALLING OFF, OR WE’RE
BLEEDING. SO WE DON’T HAVE THE HABIT OF
GOING TO A DOCTOR, WE DON’T HAVE THE HABIT OF EARLY DETECTION, WE
DON’T HAVE A HABIT OF BEING ON TOP OF HEALTH MATTERS, AND THE
REASON THAT THESE KINDS OF EVENTS ARE SO IMPORTANT IS THAT
WE WANT TO DEVELOP THE HABIT, WE WANT TO EXPLAIN WHY THE HABIT IS
SO IMPORTANT SO THAT A MAN CAN GET AHEAD AND STAY AHEAD OF WHAT
MIGHT COME.>>WELL, YOU’VE ALLOWED ME TO
STAND ON YOUR SHOULDERS AND YOU IMPRESSED UPON ME THE IMPORTANCE
OF EARLY DETECTION BECAUSE WHEN I WAS, IN FACT, DIAGNOSED, MAN,
I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK, YOU KNOW.
AND IT WAS SOMETHING THAT, FRANKLY, I DIDN’T SHARE WITH
ANYONE IN MY FAMILY. I SCARCELY SHARED IT WITH ANYONE
AT ALL, SO AGAIN, YOUR PULLING ME ASIDE AND TALKING TO ME, THAT
HELPED TREMENDOUSLY. AND THAT WAS WHEN I FIRST BEGAN
TO REALIZE THE OPTIONS, THE TREATMENT OPTIONS THAT WERE
AVAILABLE TO ME. I HAD ALREADY DONE SOME
RESEARCH, OF COURSE, AND I HADN’T BEEN DIAGNOSED AS OF YET,
BUT THERE WAS SOME STRONG INDICATIONS THAT I WAS GOING TO
BE DIAGNOSED WITH PROSTATE CANCER, AND I HAD ALREADY BEGUN
TO DO SOME RESEARCH AND THAT WAS WHEN, ALSO, I LEARNED ABOUT THE
PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE THAT WAS COMING ONLINE, BUT Iá– IT
HADN’T OPENED JUST YET, YOU KNOW, SO, I MEAN, THAT WHOLE
SCENE DEALING WITH THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE AFRICAN
AMERICAN MEN’S HEALTH FORUM, THIS GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO
PICK UP THE BALL AND DO SOME MORE OF THAT.
NOW, GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO GET TO YOU AND I WANT TO GET SOME
STATISTICAL DATA THAT YOUR OFFICE PROVIDED THAT I THINK
PROVIDES A PRETTY COMPELLING PORTRAITá–
>>SURE.>>á– OF THE INCIDENCE OF CANCER
IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN VIRGINIA.
BUT BEFORE WE DO THAT, I THINK THIS PROBABLY WOULD BE A GOOD
TIME TO TAKE A BREAK BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO GET DEEP INTO THAT
AND THEN WE STOP AND TAKE A BREAK.
I WANT TO COME BACK TO THAT INFORMATION.
OKAY?>>FINE.
>>ALL RIGHT, GUYS. SO DON’T GO ANYWHERE.
I HAVE THE FRONT DOORS LOCKED, I HAVE SENTINELS OUT THERE, BUT I
KNOW YOU’RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. YOU’RE READY TO ENGAGE IN THIS
WAR AND DEFEAT THIS DISPROPORTIONAL INCIDENCE OF
DISEASE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MENS IN WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A
BIT OF A BREAK NOW IF AND WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’RE GOING TO GET
DEEPER INTO THIS WHOLE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE MALADIES
THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN AND SOME
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
THE EVENT COMING UP ON AUGUST 18th.
PLEASE STAY TUNED.>>>NOW, THAT FELT GOOD!
I ALWAYS ENJOY WHUPPING YOUR BUTT IN BASKETBALL.
>>I GOT SOME NEWS THAT’S GOING TO MAKE YOU FEEL EVEN BETTER.
>>WHAT’S THAT? I CAN’T IMAGINE ANYTHING ELSE
THAT WOULD MAKE ME FEEL BETTER THAN ANYTHING I DO RIGHT NOW.
>>I FINALLY GOT A JOB!>>THAT’S GREAT!
>>IT’S ABOUT TIME TOO. I WAS BEGINNING TO FEEL LIKE AN
INVISIBLE MAN. NO JOB, NO HEALTH INSURANCE, AND
I HAVE TO WAIT AND SCHEDULE THAT SCREENING.
>>TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS FREE
HEALTH EVENT. FREE SCREENING, FREE WORKSHOPS,
AND HEAVY-DUTY THINKERS, ALL FREE-
>>ARE YOU SERIOUS? THIS IS JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR
ORDERED! A NEW JOB, FREE HEALTH
SCREENINGS? NO MORE INVISIBLE MAN FOR ME.
>>I DON’T KNOW. YOU MAY WANT TO DISAPPEAR IF I
KEEPING WHUPPING YOUR BUTT IN BASKETBALL LIKE THAT.
>>WELCOME BACK TO HEALTH WATCH. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE
ILLUMINATING GOOD HEALTH, ELIMINATING THE CLOAK OF
INVISIBILITY AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM.
BECAUSE BEFORE THE BREAK WE WERE GOING TO START TALKING WITH
KEITH GROWING GOER. THE PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE,
YOU GUYS DID SOME RESEARCH THAT YOUR OFFICE SENT ME AS WE
PREPARED FOR THE SHOW, SOME PRETTY COMPELLING STATISTICS.
CAN YOU SHARE THOSE WITH OUR VIEWERS?
>>SURE. FIRST OF ALL, A LOT OF THIS
INFORMATION COMES NOT JUST FROM THE PROTORN THERAPY INSTITUTE,
BUT JUST THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ALONE.
CANCER IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR AMERICANS,
BUT WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SPECIFICALLY PROSTATE CANCER,
IT’S THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN AND
IT’S 2.4 TIMES GREATER IN AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN THAN IN
CAUCASIANS. IT’S THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
AMONG WOMEN, CANCER IS, FOR WOMEN AGES 40 TO 79, AND AMONG
MEN 60 TO 79. 60% OF CALL CANCER PATIENTS
RECEIVE SOME SORM OF RADIATION THERAPY.
PROTON THERAPY IS A FORM OF RADIATION THERAPY.
ONE OUT OF THREE VIRGINIANS WILL DEVELOP CANCER IN THEIR LIFETIME
AND HAMPTON ROADS LEADS THE NATION IN PROSTATE CANCER DEATH,
SO IT’S A PRETTY COMPELLING REASON FOR US TO BE DOING THINGS
LIKE THE SCREENING EVENT YOU’RE HOLDING AND A PRETTY COMPELLING
REASON FOR US TO BE A PART OF ORGANIZATIONS LIKE MR.áHILL’S
ORGANIZATION WITH THE PROTON HEALTH FORUM.
>>YOU MENTIONED 60% OF CANCER IS TREATED WITH RADIATION AND
THERE’S A BIT OF A DISTINCTION, A BIG DISTINCTION FROM PROTON
THERAPY. WHAT MAKES PROTON THERAPY SO
DISTINCTIVE AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PROTON THERAPY?
>>WELL, TERRANCE, PROTON THERAPY, AS I SAID, AS FORM OF
RADIATION THERAPY BUT IT DIFFERS IN THAT IT’S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF
ENERGY RADIATION THERAPY BECAUSE IT CAN BE FOCUSED MORE ON THE
TARGET AREA WE’RE TRYING TO TREAT, SAY, FOR EXAMPLE, THE
PROSTATE, AND WE CAN SHAPE THE ENERGY OF THAT TREATMENT AROUND
THE ACTUAL SHAPE OF THE PROSTATE AND THUS DELIVER LESS RADIATION
FOR ADJACENT ORGANS AND KEEP THE SIDE EFFECTS THAT ARE NEGATIVE
SIDE EFFECTS THAT YOU GET FROM TRADITIONAL RADIATION THERAPY AT
MAIN MUM. WE HAVE MANY, MANY PATIENTS WHO
HAVE GIVEN TESTIMONY TO THE FACT THAT DURING THEIR TREATMENTS FOR
PROSTATE CANCER, THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN A VERY NORMAL
LIFESTYLE, BOTH DURING AND AFTER THEIR THERAPY, AND SO THAT’S ONE
OF THE ADVANTAGES OF PROTON THERAPY AS OPPOSED TO
TRADITIONAL RADIATION THERAPY. AND AS YOU TALK AND AS WE HEAR
FROM OTHER EXPERTS AT THE SYMPOSIUM, THEY WILL TELL YOU
THAT THIS IS JUST ONE, ONE OPTION IN THE ARMAMENT TO TREAT
THAT THERAPY AND WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL MEN TO
UNDERSTAND IS, JUST AS YOU DID YOUR RESEARCH, IS THEY NEED TO
RESEND AND FINE WHAT’S GOING TO BEá– RESEARCH AND FIND WHAT’S
GOING TO BE THE BEST OPTION FOR THEM AND WE BELIEVE THAT PROTON
THERAPY IS ONE OF THE BEST OPTIONS FOR MEN WITH PROSTATE
CANCER.>>WHAT’S SO FASCINATING TO ME
ABOUT PROTON THERAPY IS THE WAY THAT YOU CAN NOT JUST DIRECT
THAT BEAM TO A VERY SPECIFIC POINT, BUT YOU CAN STOP IT WHERE
YOU WANT IT TO GO SO IT DOESN’T DO ANY DAMAGE TO ANY TISSUE
BEYOND THAT POINT.>>RIGHT.
THAT’S ONE OF THE UNIQUE BEHAVIORS OF A PHOTON VERSUSá–
AND A PROTON. A PHOTON BEING STANDARD
RADIATION THERAPY AND PROTON THERAPY, THE ENERGY OF THAT
PARTICLE CAN BE ADJUSTED OR RELEASED AT A CERTAIN DEPTH
VERSUS PASSING ENTIRELY THROUGH THE PATIENT.
>>RIGHT.>>WITH STANDARD RADIATION, SOME
OFá– YOU DO YOUR PLANNING WHERE YOU GIVE THE MAJORITY OF THE
ENERGY AT THE TARGET, THE TUMOR, AND THE SURROUNDING VOLUME THAT
YOU OUTLINED, BUT PART OF IT HAS TO PASS THROUGH THE PATIENT AND
EXIT ON THE OTHER SIDE.>>RIGHT.
>>AND SO THE DIFFERENCE WITH PROTON BEAM IS THE ENERGY OF
THAT PARTICLE RELEASES THE MAJORITY OF ITS ENERGY RIGHT AT
THE TARGET THAT YOU SELECT, AND THEN STOPS.
>>AGAIN, THIS IS COMPLETELY FASCINATING.
WHEN I FIRST VISITED THE FACILITY, I FIRST WENT WITH YOU,
CHARLIE, AND I WASá– IT WAS LIKE WALKING ON THE DECK OF THE
STARSHIP ENTERPRISE. A FANTASTIC PLACE.
>>IT’S A LARGE FACILITY. WE HAVE FIVE TREATMENT BAYS FOR
VARIOUS TYPES OF TREATMENTS, BUT THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT OUR
PROTON FACILITY IS YOU HAVE ONE MACHINE THAT CREATES THAT ENERGY
AND FIRES THAT BEAM ALONG A TUBE GUIDED BY MAGNETS TO THE
SELECTED ROOM TO GIVE THAT THERAPY.
>>YOU MUST BE A PHYSICIST TOO.>>WELL, I DID MY TRAINING
PARTIALLY IN DOSIMETRY AND PHYSICS, YES.
>>OKAY. I GOT IT GOING ON HERE.
SO LAWRENCE, WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES?
>>WELL, ONE THING YOU WILL SEE AS INCREASED THIRST AND THAT’S
BECAUSE THE BODY IS TRYING TO FLUSH OUT ALL THIS EXTRA SUGAR
AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE INCREASED URINATION, AND THERE ARE
DIFFERENT TYPES. FOR TYPE 1, YOU GET THE
INCREASED THIRST, INCREASED URINATION, AND YOU ALSO GET FOR
TYPE 2 SLOW TO HEAL, FING GELLING IN THEIR FINGERS ANDá–
TINGLING IN THEIR FINGERS AND TOES, THINGS LIKE THAT.
BASICALLY THE BODY IS STRUGGLING TO TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.
YOU WILL GET THOSE SIGNS, BUT FOR PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2,
SOMETIMES THE SIGNS ARE SO SUBTLE THAT THE BEST THING TO DO
IS LOOK AT YOUR FAMILY HISTORY, LOOK AT YOUR AGE, AND GO TO YOUR
DOCTOR AND HAVE THEM DO A TESS CALLED AN A-1-C AND THAT’S THE
DEFINITIVE TEST TO SHOW WHETHER OR NOT YOU’RE RUNNING HIGHER
THAN NORMAL BLOOD SUGARS.>>WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING THAT
TESTING AT THE EVENT.>>YES, WE WILL.
>>LATER IN THE SHOW, WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT ALL THE
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCREENINGS WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING AT THIS
PARTICULAR EVENT. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE
NUMBER OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN HAMPTON ROADS THAT THAT
DIABETES?>>WE’VE ABOUT 175,000 IN THIS
AREA THAT HAVE DIABETES.>>175,000?
>>YES AND THE REAL SAD PART IS A QUARTER OF THE PEOPLE HAVE
THIS DISEASE AND THEY DON’T KNOW IT YET, SO THAT MEANS THE DAMAGE
IS HAPPENING IN THEIR BODIES RIGHT NOW, AND SO WE WANT TO TRY
TO GET THOSE PEOPLE, REACH THE PEOPLE AT THIS EVENT, HOPEFULLY
LET THEM KNOW THAT THEY HAVE THIS DISEASE SO THEY CAN GET
TREATMENT, SO THIS IS JUST A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO
REALLY LEARN ABOUT THEIR HEALTH BECAUSE WE ARE ULTIMATELY
HEALTH-ILLITERATE. WE JUST HOPE THAT WE CONTINUE TO
BE HEALTHY, BUT THE REAL LESSON IS YOU HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO LIVE
SO THAT YOU CAN REMAIN HEALTHY. WE GOT TO CHANGE THE MINDSET AND
START LIVING MORE HEALTHY LIVES.>>IN ADDITION TO THE SCREENING,
YOU’RE GOING TO BE DOING BREAKOUT SESSIONS.
>>WE’RE TALKING ABOUT NUTRITION BECAUSE THAT’S A BIG FOCUS.
IF YOU THINK YOU CAN GO TO THESE FAST FOOD PLACES AND EAT THERE
EVERY DAY AND BE HEALTHY, I’VE GOT A WAKE-UP CALL.
>>YOU’RE LOOKING AT ME WHILEá–>>NO, NO, I’M NOT LOOKING AT
YOU, I’M LOOKING AT THE WORLD. LOOKING AT THE WORLD AND SAYING
THAT WE HAVE TO, YOU KNOW, ULTIMATELY UNDERSTAND THAT JUST
BECAUSE SOMEBODY CAN SERVE IT TO US DOESN’T MEAN IT’S GOOD FOR
US.>>RIGHT, RIGHT.
>>AND SO WE HAVE TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES.
>>OKAY.>>ALL OF US.
>>SOMETIMES I RIDE DOWN HAMPTON BOULEVARD AND I’M DRIVING ALONG
AND MY CAR WILL AUTOMATICALLY PULL INTO THE DRIVE-THROUGH AT
McDONALD’S.>>UH-OH.
>>I’M JUST KIDDING.>>GIVE US SOME PREDICTIONS OF
WHAT YOU ANTICIPATE FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND
DIABETES.>>THEY’RE SAYING BY 2050,
TWO-THIRDS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY WILL DEVELOP
DIABETES DURING THEIR LIFETIME AND NOW WE’VE CROSSED 50-50, SO
THIS DISEASE WILL AFFECT THE MAJORITY OF OUR POPULATION.
SO THAT’S WHY IT’Sá– RIGHT NOW IT’S A PREDICTION AND IT CAN BE
AVOIDED IF WE TAKE SOME STEPS, AND RIGHT HERE IN THE PANEL, I
MEAN, THESE ARE THE STEPS THAT WE HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO OUR
HEALTH, DON’T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED, AND START MAKING SMALL
STEPS TO LIVE HEALTHIER LIVES, JUST MAKING SMALL STEPS, SMALL
CHANGES.>>AND THE BIG KEY TO THAT IS
EDUCATION.>>YES.
>>YES, YES.>>THAT’S PRETTY STAGGERING, BY
2050, WHAT IS THAT, 38 YEARS FROM NOW, TWO-THIRDS OF THE
AFRICAN AMERICAN POPULATION COULD BE DIABETIC?
>>AND WE’RE SEEING IT AT YOUNGER AND YOUNGER AGES NOW.
NOW WE HAVE 14-YEAR-OLDS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES.
THAT’S A DISEASE THAT PEOPLE GOT IN THEIR LATER YEARS, IN THEIR
40s AND 50s, SO WHEN A 14-YEAR-OLD HAS THIS DISEASE, WE
HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION. WE HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS
BECAUSE IT’S TELLING US SOMETHING, THAT WE’RE NOT MOVING
IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND KIDS THESE DAYS, THE ONLY THING THEY
EXERCISE ARE THEIR THUMBS.>>YES, YES.
>>YOU KNOW, THE IDEA OF GOING TO A GYM, UNFORTUNATELY, IS
LIKEá– THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY NEED TO DO THAT.
I WAS RAISED ON A FARM, SO WE WORKED, SO I’M USED TO THAT.
>>SO THOSE 14-YEAR-OLDS WITH TYPE 2, THERE’S A PREVALENCE OF
THAT IN THEá–>>ESPECIALLY IN AFRICAN
AMERICAN CHILDREN. THEY’RE SAYING CHILDREN BORN
AFTER 2000, HALF WILL BECOME DIABETIC DURING THEIR LIFETIME,
SO IT’S OUR CHILDREN THAT WILL GET THIS DISEASE.
>>INCREDIBLE. ONE WAY THAT WE CAN ADDRESS
THAT, OF COURSE, AS LAWRENCE STATED, WAS NUTRITION AND
EXERCISE AND SO FORTH, AND YOUR GROUP, HEALTH-FIT-PERFORM-CO IS
GOING TO BE MANAGE BODY MASS INDEX ASSESSMENTS, BMI
ASSESSMENTS. WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION CAN BE
GLEANED FROM THOSE ASSESSMENTS?>>THE BODY MASS INDEX
ASSESSMENT IS A WAY OF GIVING A PERSON AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH BODY
FAT THEY HAVE IN RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR LEAN MUSCLE MASS AND BONE
STRUCTURE. IT TYPICALLY WILL TAKE THEIR
HEIGHT, THEIR WEIGHT, AND THEIR GENDER AND RATE YOU IN A WAY
WHERE YOU HAVE SOME UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE YOU FALL
WITHIN RISK CATEGORIES, TYPICALLY WITHIN THE
CARDIOVASCULAR, DIABETES, AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE RISK AREAS
AND ONCE YOU TAKE YOUR RATING NUMBER AND YOU DECIDE WHETHER OR
NOT YOU FALL CLOSE TO OR WITHIN THOSE RISK CATEGORIES, WHAT WE
HOPE PEOPLE WILL DO IS PAY ATTENTION TO THAT AND THROUGH
THE PLENARY SESSIONS AND THROUGH THE BREAKOUT SESSIONS, TAKE THE
INFORMATION THAT’S OFFERED, WHETHER IT’S CARDIOVASCULAR
INFORMATION, BLOOD PRESSURE INFORMATION, OR CONTROLLING
BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS AND START TRYING TO APPLY THAT TO THEIR
LIVES. ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES
THAT WE HAVE PARTICULARLY IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY IS
EMBRACING THE IDEA OF GETTING SOME FORM OF EXERCISE FOR THE
PURPOSES OF WELLNESS, SO WHAT WE TRY TO DO IN OUR ORGANIZATION,
SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE PARTNER WITH, IS TO FOCUS
MORE ON GETTING SOME FORM OF RECREATION BECAUSE OUR LIFESTYLE
HAS CHANGED, JUST LIKE LAWRENCE SAID, AND FROM GENERATION TO
GENERATION, THE THINGS WE USED TO DO JUST FROM A NATURAL
RECREATIONAL UPCOMING, WE NO LONGER DO, SO WE TRY TO GET
PEOPLE TO TURN THE CLOCK BACK AND LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS
THAT YOU CAN DO THAT ARE NONTRADITIONAL.
LIKE YOU SAID, EVERYONE IS NOT INTERESTED IN GOING TO THE GYM
AND EXERCISING AND DEDICATING A HOUR TO GETTING A WORKOUT, SO WE
LOOK AT DOING THINGS SUCH AS CONDUCTING YARD WORK, RIGOROUS
WALKING. IT’S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN GET
WITH WALKING RIGOROUSLY FOR 30 TO 40 MINUTES AS FAR AS
ADDRESSING BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE.
WE ALSO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR GRANDKIDS, SO GET
INVOLVED WITH THE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES GOING
ON WITH THE KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. THAT’S A FORM OF FUN
RECREATIONAL EXERCISE THAT GETS THE SAME THING DONE.
THE KEY IS TO GET YOUR HEART RATE UP FOR A 30 OR 40-MINUTE
TIME FRAME THREE OR FOUR TIMES A WEEK AND TO GET YOUR BODY UNDER
SOME TYPE OF A LOAD, LIFTING, BENDING, STOOPING, DOING
SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO PUT SOME TYPE OF A LABORIOUS LOAD ON
YOUR MUSCULOSKELETAL FRAME.>>YOU REPRESENT WELL WHY FOLKS
SHOULD DECIDE TO WORK OUT, YOU KNOW.
I’M CURIOUS, THOUGH, AND I WANT YOUá– I MAY SKIP A LITTLE BIT
HERE, BUT YOU INDICATED THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE NOT
INCLINED TO EXERCISE. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE AFRICAN
AMERICANS HISTORICALLY COMING TO THIS COUNTRY IN ENSLAVEMENT AND
WORKING IN AN AGRARIAN SOCIETY WHERE THERE WAS A GREAT AMOUNT
OF PHYSICAL LABOR, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT WE, YOU KNOWá– THAT
WE ARE NOT SO ACTIVE NOW? ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT AT ALL?
>>WELL, WHAT I SEE OFTEN HAPPENS ESPECIALLY WITH THE AGE
POPULATION BETWEEN, SAY, THE 50 AND 65-YEAR-OLD POPULATION IS AN
INDIVIDUAL MAY HAVE A LABOR-BASED JOB AND THEY WORK
THAT JOB FOR 20 OR 25 OR 30 OR 40 YEARS, AND WHEN THEY RETIRE,
THEY’RE DONE WITH LABOR AND PHYSICAL WORK AND THEY’RE READY
TO SIT DOWN. IF YOU FOLLOW THE STATISTICS,
YOU WILL FIND THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T LAST LONG SO FAR IS
A GOOD HEALTH IS CONCERNED, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR BLACK MEN,
WHEN IT COMES TO RETIRING AND JUST STOPPING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
YOU KNOW, WE OFTEN HAVE COUNSELING SESSIONS IN CERTAIN
COMMUNITIES AND WITHIN RECREATIONAL AREAS WHERE WE TRY
TO GET THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUING SOME
FORM OF ACTIVITY ONCE YOU’VE COME OFF THAT 20, 25, 30-YEAR
JOB, SO I THINK A LOT OF IT IS JUST THE MINDSET THAT THEY DON’T
REALLY WANT TO WORK ANYMORE, THEY’RE ENTITLED.
>>THEY’RE TIRED.>>YOU KNOW, IF YOU WILL, TO
GOING ON AND TAKING A BREAK AFTER THAT PHYSICAL WORK.
WE HAVE A HUGE SHIFT IN OUR COMMUNITY IN THIS AREA, YOU
KNOW. WE HAVE A LOT OF GUYS WHO PUT
THAT KIND OF PHYSICAL LABOR IN FOR A LOT OF YEARS AND WHEN
THEY’RE DONE, THEY’RE DONE.>>I AM SO VERY GLAD THAT I
ASKED THAT QUESTION BECAUSE I THINK THAT THERE ARE LIKELY TO
BE SOME VIEWERS OUT THERE THAT ARE IN THAT CATEGORY, THAT JUST
NEVER THOUGHT THAT AND NOW REALIZE THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY
STILL NEED TO BE ACTIVE TO GET THAT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN.
>>RIGHT.>>YOU HAD SOME INEXPENSIVE AND
NONTRADITIONAL WAYS THAT PEOPLE CAN APPROACH IMPROVING THEIR
HEALTH. CAN YOU SHARE SOME OF THOSE WITH
US?>>RIGHT.
LIKE I MENTIONED EARLIER, YARD WORK AS BIG THING.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES WITH THE KIDS, THAT’S A REAL BIG
THING. WE TRY TO GET OUR PEOPLE IN OUR
COMMUNITY TO START THINKING ABOUT WHAT TYPES OF RECREATIONAL
ACTIVITIES CAN I GO OUT AND DO THAT’S FUN WITH MY FAMILY AND
WITH MY LOVED ONES, WHETHER YOU’RE GOING OUT TO THE BEACH,
IF YOU ARE A WATER PERSON, GOING TO THE POOL AND SWIMMING AND
PLAYING OUTSIDE. AGAIN, HOME PROJECTS ARE BIG.
A LOT OF OUR CORPORATE WELLNESS PROGRAMS THAT WE RUN, I WILL
COME IN ON A WEEK AND I’LL TAKE BODY MASS INDEX OR DO BODY FAT
AND WEIGHT AND THEY WOULD HAVE LOST A COUPLE OF POUNDS OR LOST
A LITTLE BIT OF PERCENTAGE OF BODY FAT AND I’LL SAY WHAT DID
YOU DO THIS WEEK? YOUR METABOLISM SEEMS TO BE UP.
THEY SAY I’M BUILDING A DECK OR I WENT WITH MY KIDS TO THE PARK
THIS WEEKEND OR WE WENT TO ONE OF THE WATER SPORTS COUNTRIES OR
SOMETHING ALONG THAT LINE. SO WE TRY TO GET PEOPLE TO THINK
MORE ABOUT RECREATION AS OPPOSED TO EXERCISE.
IF YOU THINK RECREATION AND FUN, IT AMOUNTS TO GETTING YOUR BODY
MOVING, THEN THOSE WOULD BE THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT I WOULD
RECOMMEND VERSUS JOINING A GYM AND TRYING TO CARVE OUT TIME TO
GET A WORKOUT IN A GYM.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK, GUYS?
IF THIS GUY WERE YOUR FITNESS TRAINER, HE WOULD MAKE YOUá–
YOU SPEAK WITH GREAT PASSION. AND I WANTED TO ASK YOU ANOTHER
QUESTION HERE. AS THE FOLKS ATTEND THE
SYMPOSIUM, WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THEY CAN DO PERSONALLY TO
DIMINISH THE DISPARITY GAP?>>WHAT WE’D LIKE, TERRANCE, IS
TO PEOPLE TO LEAVE WITH THE UNDERSTANDING, ESPECIALLY WHEN
THEY HAVE EXPOSED TO ALL THE INFORMATION AND ALL OF THE
WONDERFUL SPEAKERS, IS TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S NEVER TOO
LATE TO TRY AND TAKE CONTROL, AS MR.áHILL WOULD SAY, OF YOUR
HEALTH, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE. ONE THING ABOUT THE WHOLE
FITNESS THING IS I SEE PEOPLE IN THAT BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER
STATE WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES WITH THEIR HEALTH OR
WHEN THEY ARE FIRST STARTING TO EXPERIENCE SOME ISSUES WITH
THEIR HEALTH OR THEY’RE IN THAT POST-PHASE, RECOVERING FROM
FRANZ OR FROM HEART SURGERYá– FROM PROSTATE CANCER OR FROM
HEART SURGERY OR THEY JUST FOUND OUT THEY HAVE DIABETES AND
TRYING TO STABILIZE THEIR BLOOD SUGAR LEFS, BUT IT’S NEVER DO
LATE TO LOOK AT HOW YOU’RE EATING, TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR
LIFESTYLE AND GIVE IT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE VALUE OF
MAKING THE CHANGES. YOU KNOW, I MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS
TO PEOPLE LIKE SHOP THE PERIMETER OF THE GROCERY STORE
AS OPPOSED TO THE MIDDLE AISLES. THAT WORKS FOR JUST ABOUT
EVERYONE. NO MATTER WHETHER YOU’RE TRYING
TO LOSE WEIGHT, YOU HAVE DIABETIC ISSUES, CARDIOVASCULAR
ISSUES, SHOPPING THE PERIMETER OF GROCERY STORES WILL GIVE YOU
A MUCH MORE BALANCED APPROACH, SO I’M HOPING EVERYONE WILL
UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF IN
TERMS OF YOUR EATING HABITS AND TRYING TO GET SOME TYPE OF
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN YOUR LIFE AND I’D SAY TO YOU DO IT AND
GIVE IT 30 DAYS, GIVE IT 60 DAYS OR SO SO YOU CAN REALLY START TO
APPRECIATE AND SEE THE VALUE OF THE CHANGE.
THAT’S WHAT I’M HOPING PEOPLE WILL WALK AWAY WITH.
>>AND WHAT IS IT AT THE PERIMETER OF THE GROCERY STORE.
I’M GOING TO PRETEND LIKE I DON’T SHOP AT ALL.
>>ABSOLUTELY. MOST GROCERY STORES ARE LAID OUT
IN A WAY WHERE IF YOU TURN TO THE LEFT OR RIGHT, NINE TIMES
OUT OF TEN, YOU GO RIGHT INTO THE PRODUCE SECTION AND WE KNOW
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR THERE. WE’RE LOOKING AT FRESH FRUITS,
FRESH VEGETABLES AND YOU GO RIGHT DOWN THE LINE AND USUALLY
LOOKING AT SOME FORM OF MEATS AS YOU WRAP AROUND TO THE SIDE, YOU
HAVE BREADS AND GRAINS, THOSE ARE IMPORTANT.
YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU PICK THE TYPES OF FIBEROUS AND WHOLE
WHEAT GRAINS THAT ARE HEALTHIER FOR YOU THAN THE MORE STARCHY
BREADS. YOU WRAP AROUND TO THE BACK
SIDE, YOU GET INTO YOUR DAIRY PRODUCTS, YOUR CHEESES, AND THE
BOTTOM LINE IS YOU’RE NOT IN THE MIDDLE AISLES WHERE YOU HAVE A
LOT OF CANNED GOODS, A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE HEAVILY
PRESERVED FOR A HEAVY SHELF LIFE, BUT THAT WOULD ENCOMPASS
MOST OF WHAT YOU WILL SEE AROUND THE PERIMETER OF MOST GROCERY
STORE LAYOUTS.>>AND A LOT OF GROCERY STORES
ARE DESIGNED TO DRIVE YOU GO THE CENTER.
>>THAT’S CORRECT.>>AND THAT’S WHERE THE
HIGHER-PRICED ITEMS TEND TO BE.>>CORRECT, ABSOLUTELY.
>>WELL, NOT A CONSPIRACY, IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING DOLLARS IN THE
GROCERY STORES. BUT WITH EDUCATION, THE KIND OF
EDUCATION THAT YOU PROVIDE PEOPLE, THEY KNOW WHERE THEY
NEED TO GO TO BUY WHAT THEY NEED TO.
THEY KNOW WHERE THEY NEED TO GO IN THE STORE TO GET WHAT’S GOING
TO HELP THEM.>>THAT’S RIGHT AND NOT BUY INTO
THE MYTH THAT WE ONCE UPON A TIME USED TO BELIEVE THAT YOU
HAVE TO PAY A LITTLE BIT MORE AND THAT IT COSTS MORE, IT’S
MORE EXPENSIVE TO EAT HEALTHIER. IT’S JUST NOT SO ANYMORE.
>>THAT’S VERY GOOD. I APPRECIATE THAT.
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A BIT OF A BREAK HERE,
BUT WHEN WE COME BACK, I’D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT FOOD DESERTS.
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THAT, OR FOOD ISLANDS WHERE IN SOME
COMMUNITIES THEY DON’T HAVE THE KIND OF FRESH PRODUCE THAT THEY
CAN HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO, TO IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH.
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>SO LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THAT WHEN WE COME BACK. GENTLEMEN, WE’RE GOING TO TAKE
ANOTHER BREAK AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE THIS VERY EXCITING
DISCUSSION. I’M GETTING A GREAT DEAL OUT OF
THIS. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER BIT
OF A BREAK NOW AND WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’RE GOING TO TALK MORE
ABOUT THE ILLUMINATING GOOD HEALTH, ELIMINATING THE CLOAK OF
INVISIBILITY, AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM.
WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BREAK.
>>>NOW SOME ACTION FROM THE COURTS.
BILLY JEAN KING RENEWING HER RIVALRY WITH ARTHRITIS.
BEAUTIFUL FOREHAND, ARTHRITIS STUNNED AND HERE MATCH POINT,
BILLY JEAN WITH THE ACE.>>TENNIS AS WEAPON FOR ME WITH
ARTHRITIS. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IT FOR ME
TO HIT A BALL, RUN TO THE BALL ANY TIME, ANY COURT.
I’M READY, LET’S GO.>>WHAT’S YOUR WEAPON AGAINST
ARTHRITIS? FIND OUT AT FIGHT ARTHRITIS
PAIN.ORG.>>>WELCOME BACK.
ON TODAY’S ISSUE OF THE SHOW, WE’RE BRINGING YOU IMPORTANT
INFORMATION ON A VERY SPECIAL EVENT COMING UP ON AUGUST 18th,
2012, AT NORFOLK PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER, 830 SOUTHAMPTON AVENUE,
LOCATED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF BRAMBLETON AND COLLEY AVENUES,
FROM 8:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M. THIS EVENT WILL FEATURE AN ARRAY
OF FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS TO INCLUDE PROSTATE SPECIFIC
ANTIGEN, OR PSA, TESTING, DIGITAL RECTAL EXAMS,ORAL
CANCER,PODIATRY,BLOOD PRESSURE, CHOLESTEROL AND BLOOD
SUGAR,HIV/AIDS, CHLAMYDIA, SYPHILIS AND GONORRHEA,BODY
MASS INDEX,HEALTH AGE, AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS.
THERE WILL ALSO BE A NUMBER OF EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS, TO INCLUDE
COLON CANCER AWARENESS,DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION, HYPERTENSION,
BODY MASS INDEX,HEALTHY AGING, DIABETES, AND EMOTIONAL
WELLNESS. THERE WILL ALSO BE A HOST OF
NOTEWORTHY NATIONAL, REGIONAL, AND LOCAL SPEAKERS AT THIS VERY
SPECIAL EVENT. THESE INCLUDE A KEYNOTE ADDRESS
ON ELIMINATING HEALTH DISPARITIES DELIVERED BY DR.
NATHANIEL STINSON, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMS,
OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH
DISPARITIES, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, A WELCOME
ADDRESS VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE BY THOMAS FARRINGTON, PRESIDENT AND
FOUNDER OF THE PROSTATE HEALTH EDUCATION NETWORK, AN OPENING
PLENARY SESSION ON CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH DELIVERED
BY DR. KEITH H. NEWBY, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, FORT NORFOLK PLAZA
CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES, INC., A TAG-TEAM PRESENTATION ON
PROSTATE CANCER, A PATIENT’S AND A PHYSICIAN’S PERSPECTIVE
JOINTLY DELIVERED BY CHARLIE W. HILL JR., PRESIDENT AND
CO-FOUNDER, HAMPTON ROADS PROSTATE HEALTH FORUM, AND MARK
FLEMING, M.D., AN ONCOLOGIST, VIRGINIA ONCOLOGY ASSOCIATES,
AND CLOSING REMARKS DELIVERED BY DR. ALLAN THORNTON, A RADIATION
ONCOLOGIST, THE HAMPTON UNIVERSITY PROTON THERAPY
INSTITUTE. THE ILLUMINATING GOOD HEALTH:
ELIMINATING THE CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN
MEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM WILL ALSO FEATURE A FREE CONTINENTAL
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AND WILL CONCLUDE WITH A LIVE JAZZ
CONCERT FEATURING VOCALIST ELMO LAWRENCE OF ELJ PRODUCTIONS,
ACCOMPANIED BY PHASE II. THERE’S AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF
IGHECI, ILLUMINATING GOOD HEALTH, ELIMINATING THE CLOAK OF
INVISIBILITY, AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM.
THESE OF THE LOGOS OF THESE AGENCIES HELPING TO PUT THE
EVENT ON AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF AGENCIES INVOLVED IN THIS
VERY, VERY IMPORTANT EFFORT. MY GUESTS TODAY INCLUDE ONE OF
THE PLENARY SPEAKERS, CHARLIE W. HILL, JR., PRESIDENT AND
CO-FOUNDER OF THE HAMPTON ROADS PROSTATE HEALTH FORUM.
KEITH GREGORY, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HAMPTON
UNIVERSITY PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE, LAWRENCE LAMBERT,
MANAGER OF PROGRAMS AT THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION,
AND PHILIP SMITH, OWNER AND OPERATOR OF
HEALTH-FIT-PERFORM-CO, ALSO REPRESENTING THE NORFOLK
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER. GENTLEMEN, JUST BEFORE THE
BREAK, WE TOUCHED BRIEFLY UPON FOOD DESERTS AND IT STIMULATING
A GREAT AMOUNT OF CONVERSATION DURING THE BREAK, SO I’D LIKE TO
PICK UP THERE. AND THE WHOLE IDEA OF FOOD
DESERTS, AND I HOPE I’M USING THE TERM APPROPRIATELY, THERE
ARE COMMUNITIES THAT DON’T HAVE, FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, TO
INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION, THAT DON’T HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO A
NICE GROCERY STORE WHERE THEY CAN GET FRESH PRODUCE AND THEY
CAN GET THE KIND OF THINGS THAT THEY NEED THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO
A HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS DIET. I KNOW SOME OF YOU HAVE SOME
THOUGHTS ABOUT IT, AND TONY, I’D LIKE TO BEGIN WITH YOU.
>>CERTAIN. I’M A NATIVE OF NEWPORT NEWS AND
I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ZIP CODE 23607.
IN THAT ZIP CODE WHEN I WAS BORN AND GROWING UP THERE, WE HAD
ACCESS TO FRESH VEGETABLES, FRESH FRUIT, LOTS OF FISH AND
EVERYTHING THAT WE NEEDED TO EAT WELL AND EAT HEALTHY.
THAT DOESN’T EXIST TODAY IN 23607 AND THAT’S JUST A SMALL
PART OF THIS COMMUNITY, IN NEWPORT NEWS.
I WOULD IMAGINE THE SAME SITUATION EXISTS IN DIFFERENT
POCKETS THROUGHOUT HAMPTON ROADS.
SO I DO THINK IT IS SOMETHING WORTH TALKING ABOUT AND I WOULD
HOPE THAT DURING THIS SYMPOSIUM, WE’LL TALK ABOUT IT EVEN MORE.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BUILD ON A COMMENT THAT WAS MENTIONED
EARLIER, AND PHIL AND LAWRENCE BOTH HIT ON THIS ISSUE AND I
MENTIONED THE TERM EARLIER CALLED CULTURAL INHERITANCE.
>>YES.>>THERE WAS A TIME IN THE BLACK
COMMUNITY THAT HAVING A GOOD JOB MEANT THAT YOU HAD A JOB WHERE
YOU DID NOT HAVE TO DO PHYSICAL WORK.
>>RIGHT.>>SO MANY OF US GREW UP SEEKING
GOOD JOBS.>>YES, YES.
>>MEANING THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE AS ACTIVE AS WE
COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN. WE DID NOT MAKE THE CONNECTION
THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD JOB, YOU ALSO HAD TO DO SOMETHING
ELSE WITH YOUR BODY. YOU HAD TO BE MORE PHYSICALLY
ACTIVE TO MAINTAIN THE STATE OF WELLNESS AND I WOULD HOPE THAT
WE RECOGNIZE THAT AND I KNOW THAT PHIL IS DEALING WITH THAT
REALITY WHEN HE LOOKS AT PEOPLE MY AGE COMING IN TO HIS
FACILITIES AND TRYING TO WORK WITH THAT, AND THEN THEIR
CHILDREN COMING IN BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN PROGRAMMED TO FIND
GOOD JOBS, WHICH MEANS NOW PUNCHING KEYBOARDS AND BUTTONS.
THAT’S A GOOD JOB, BUT IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY BRING, IN
THE JOB DESCRIPTION, THAT YOU SHOULD BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE TO
BE WELL. SIMILARLY, THIS CRISIS WITH
OBESITYá–>>INDEED.
>>á– FOLLOWS VERY CLOSELY WITH PEOPLE HAVING, QUOTE, GOOD JOBS,
OKAY? EATING POORLY, AND BEING
INACTIVE. NOT LESS ACTIVE, INACTIVE.
AND I WOULD ASK THAT WE TALK ABOUT THAT SOME MORE, NOT JUST
WITH THIS SIMPLE POSUP, BUT THINKING ABOUTá– SYMPOSIUM, BUT
THING ABOUT THAT GOING FORWARD BECAUSE I THINK THESE ARE
CULTURAL ISSUES WE HAVE TO ADDRESS IN ORDER TO GET WHERE WE
WANT TO BE.>>WELL, YOU EXPRESSED AN
INTEREST IN MAKING THIS SYMPOSIUM AN ANNUAL EVENT AND
CERTAINLY THAT IS MY INTEREST. I’D REALLY LIKE TO SEE THAT
HAPPEN. PHILIP, DO YOU HAVE SOME
COMMENTS ON TRANSPORTATION AND LACK OF ACCESS TO PLACES IN
THESE COMMUNITIES?>>ABSOLUTELY.
AND THE THEORY OF DESERT ISLANDS ORá–
>>FOOD DESERTS.>>FOOD DESERTS, ONE OF THE
THINGS THAT I THINK MANY GROCERY STORES WILL DO IS THEY WILL
STUDY THE NUMBERS OF WHAT THEY BELIEVE A PARTICULAR COMMUNITY
WILL OR WILL NOT PURCHASE, WILL OR WILL NOT SUPPORT.
AND I BELIEVE THAT OVER THE YEARS, YOU WILL FIND, JUST LIKE
CHARLIE HAS MENTIONED, GROCERY STORE CHAINS HAVE DECIDED,
ESPECIALLY WITH THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE MOM AND POP
OR PRIVATE GROCERY STORES, THEY HAVE DECIDED THEY’RE GOING TO
PULL OUT OF CERTAINLY COMMUNITIES BECAUSE THEY DON’T
FEEL THEY’RE GETTING THE DOLLARS AND CENTS THAT JUSTIFY THE NEED
TO CONTINUE ON BUSINESS IN THAT COMMUNITY.
SO ONE REASON YOU END UP WITH THAT IS BECAUSE OF THE SOME OF
THE LARGER CHAINS, MORE OF THE GROCERY STORES THAT EXIST THESE
DAYS IN SOME OF THE LARGER POPULATED AREAS, HAVE DECIDED
NOT TO CARRY THOSE FACILITIES AND THEN YOU END UP WITH THESE
PRIVATE QUICK SHOPS, IF YOU WILL, THAT ANYWAY OR MAY NOT
GIVE YOUá– MAY OR MAY NOT GIVE YOU, IT’S A HIT OR MISS SCENARIO
IN TERMS OF WHAT YOU CAN BUY OR HAVE AFFORDED FOR YOUR HEALTH.
ONCE YOU’RE PLACED IN THE POSITION IN THAT COMMUNITY, IF
YOU DON’T HAVE TRANSPORTATION AND THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
SYSTEM DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU, YOU’VE REALLY BEEN PLACED AT A
DISADVANTAGE AND YOU’RE VERY LIMBED IN TERMS OF YOUR
NUTRITION AND WHAT YOU CAN FIND OUT THERE TO PURCHASE.
IT DOES CREATE QUITE A CHALLENGE FOR OUR COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF
UNDERSTANDING THE EXTRA STEP THEY HAVE TO GO TO SEEK OUT OR
MAYBE ORGANIZING THE COMMUNITY IN A WAY WHERE THEY CAN DEMAND
SOMEONE COME IN THROUGH DIFFERENT CIVIC LEAGUE
ORGANIZATIONS AND PROVIDE BETTER NUTRITIONAL CHOICES FROM A
GROCERY STORE CHAIN STANDPOINT.>>YOU KNOW, AS WE’RE TALKING
HERE, I KNOWá– AND IT MAY JUST BE THE GROUP OF FOLKS THAT I
ASSOCIATE WITH. I DON’T THINK THAT THAT IS THE
CASE, BUT I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE SPECTRUM, THE STRATA
OF AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIETY, WHERE THERE ARE, IN FACT, PEOPLE
THAT, WORKING OUT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM.
I WONDER WHY IS IT THAT SOME PEOPLE GET THE MESSAGE AND
OTHERS DON’T. YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE
CAN DO TO ADDRESS THAT. PARTICULARLY, YOU KNOW, WHEN AS
CHARLIE MENTIONED, OEBLT IS NOT JUST SOMETHING RAMPANTá–
OBESITY IS NOT JUST SOMETHING RAMPANT IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN
COMMUNITY, BUT ACROSS ALL ETHNIC GROUPS NATIONALLY, AND ONE OF
THE CONSEQUENCES OF OBESITY IS DIABETES, IS IT NOT?
>>ABSOLUTELY. AND I THINK EDUCATION IS SO
IMPORTANT. WHEN PEOPLE ARE EDUCATED TO WHAT
IS NUTRITION, WHAT IS HEALTHY, THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE
GOING TO THE GYM. THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE
EATINGá– LOOKING FOR THINGS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY STAY
HEALTHY. BUT I ASK PEOPLE, WHAT ARE YOUR
HEALTH MOTTOS? AND PEOPLE COME UP WITH AN APPLE
A DAY. THAT’S ABOUT IT.
OTHER THAN THATá– AND I THINK MOTTOS ARE GREAT BECAUSE THAT’S
HOW WE PASS DOWN WISDOM FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT.
IF I WERE TO SAY HONESTY, YOU WOULD KNOW IT’S THE BEST POLICY
BECAUSE THAT WAS GIVEN TO YOU, BUT WHAT ARE OUR HEALTH MOTTOS?
I LEARNED EAT EVERYTHING ON YOUR PLATE.
I LEARNED FRIED IS GOOD.>>YES.
>>AND SEE, THOSE MOTTOS GET IN THE WAY OF OPTIMAL HEALTH.
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>BECAUSE THE SECOND I’VE
WORKED A HARD WEEK, IT’S FRIDAY, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?
WELL, I KNOW LA-Z-BOY IS, YOU KNOW, MEDIA TELLS ME I WANT A
LA-Z-BOY AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
A CHAIR THAT YOU SIT IN AND YOU WATCH A MOVIE AND YOU GET SOME
FOOD, BUTá–>>AND BECOME A LAZYáBOY.
>>ABSOLUTELY. WHEN I WAS A KID TO BE CALLED
LAZY AS AN INSULT.>>YEAH, YEAH, AND YOU WERE
RAISED ON A FARM.>>ON A FARM.
BUT TODAY, WE GET THESE MESSAGES ABOUT WHAT, HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED
TO LIVE AND THE MESSAGES ARE SIT DOWN, WATCH TV, AND EAT FATTY
FOODS. YOU KNOW, THOSE MESSAGES ARE
VERY POWERFUL. THAT’S WHY I THINK WE HAVE TO
HAVE SOME HEALTH MOTTOS AND MOTTOS THAT TALK ABOUT MOVE,
MOVE, STAY ACTIVE AS LONG AS YOU CAN.
THOSE MESSAGES GIVE YOU, YOU KNOWá– BECAUSE FOR ME, AN IDEAL
SATURDAY IS NOT SITTING IN A CHAIR.
IT’S GOING TO THE BEACH. IT’S GETTING ON A BICYCLE, IT’S
DOING SOMETHING MORE ACTIVE, YOU KNOW.
AND THAT’S WHAT WE NEED TO GET OUT TO THE COMMUNITY.
BECAUSE YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE RIGHT FOOD RIGHT AT THIS TABLE,
BUT IF I’M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FRIED, I’M GOING TO MISS IT.
>>RIGHT, RIGHT, AND GO DIRECTLY TO THE FRIES.
>>YES.>>I THINK IT COULD VERY WELL BE
POSSIBLE THAT WITH THE PASSION THAT EACH OF US IS EVIDENCING
HERE TODAY, THAT IF THAT PASSION CONTINUES AT THE SYMPOSIUM, THAT
WE COULD WELL BE ON THE WAY TO LAUNCHING A MOVEMENT TO REALLY
LAUNCH A CONCERTED EFFORT TO GET THE TYPE OF EDUCATION OUT THERE.
NOWá– GO AHEAD.>>I WOULD HOPE THAT THE FOODS
THAT ARE SERVE AT THE SYMPOSIUMá–
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>á– WILL REFLECT WHAT WE’RE
TALKING ABOUT.>>WELL, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE
LOTS OF FRIED CHICKENá– I’M JUST KIDDING, NOTHING LIKE THAT.
AS WE PLANNED THE SYMPOSIUM, WE TALKED ABOUT THE KIND OF FOODS
THAT WE’RE GIVING THE GUYS AND I CAN’T TELL YOU WHAT THEY ARE
RIGHT NOW, BUT CERTAINLY NOTHING FRIED, VERY NUTRITIOUS.
>>SURE, SURE.>>THE HAMPTON ROADS HEALTH
FORUM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR DOES DIFFERENT EVENTS THROUGHOUT
HAMPTON ROADS.>>YES.
>>THAT IMPACT AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN.
AND THIS IS SOMETHING I WANT TO ASK EACH OF YOU.
IN YOUR EXPERIENCES, I’M LOOKING FOR SOME ANECDOTES, SOME
ANECDOTAL REFERENCE TO HOW IMPORTANT THESE TYPES OF EVENTS
ARE, AND I’M SURE THERE MUST BE SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN SHARE
WITH US, CHARLIE, WITH THE NUMBER OF EVENTS THAT THE FORUM
HAS DONE.>>CERTAINLY.
I’M WORKING RIGHT NOW WITH ABOUT 50 DIFFERENT CASES.
TWO CASES ARE VERY FRESH BECAUSE SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR, THERE
ARE TWO MEN WHO WOULD GO THE OTHER WAY WHEN THEY SAW ME
COMING BECAUSE THEY KNEWá– AND WHEN I HAD MY PROSTATE CANCER
WARRIOR HAT O I WAS GOING TO ASK THEM, ARE YOU ON TOP OF YOUR
NUMBERS? DO YOU KNOW YOUR NUMBERS?
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A PSA TEST, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME
YOU HAD A DRE, DIGITAL RECTAL EXAM?
THESE TWO MEN IN PARTICULAR ACTUALLY CAME TO THE COMMUNITY
FREE CLINIC IN NEWPORT NEWS LAST SEPTEMBER AND THEY WERE PLEASED
TO TELL ME, WHEN THEY WERE IN THE BUILDINGá– I DIDN’T SEE
THEM AS THEY ENTERED, THEY SAID WE’RE HERE.
I SAID GREAT. THOSE TWO MEN WERE TESTED AND
EXAMINED. I’M WORKING WITH THEM RIGHT NOW,
BOTH HAD PROSTATE CANCER, NEITHER, NEITHER KNEW.
>>WOW, HAD NO IDEA.>>NEITHER HAD ANY IDEA.
ONE WAS TREATED SURGICALLY, IS DOING WELL.
THE OTHER WAS TREATED WITH RADIATION AND HE SEEMS TO BE
DOING WELL. I DON’T KNOW THE FULL OUTCOME.
NOW, NEITHER KNEW AND THEY END VOID TELLINGá– ENJOYED TELLING
ME THEY WERE COMING BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT TO HEAR ME ANYMORE
UNTIL THE NEXT CYCLE. THOSE ARE TYPICAL OF WHAT
HAPPENS BECAUSE EARLY STAGE PROSTATE CANCER DOES NOT HAVE
ANY SYMPTOMS, AND THAT IS IMPORTANT WHY EDUCATION IS SO
CRITICAL BECAUSE THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS TO BE LOOKING FOR.
>>WELL, BEFORE WE RUN OUT OF TIME, I WANT TO GIVE EACH OF YOU
AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND BECAUSE WE HAVE JUST A LIMITED
AMOUNT OF TIME LEFT. NOW, I KNOW YOU JUST STARTED AT
THE PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE. IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN
SHARE?>>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I WANTED
TO MAKE SURE I MENTIONED THAT DR.áALAN THORNTON IS GOING TO BE
THE SPEAKER AT THE EVENT.>>YES.
>>AND SECOND THING I WANTED TO PIGGYBACK ON, WHEN YOU’RE
TALKING ABOUT THE FOOD DESERTS, WELL, WE ALSO HAVE ACCESS AND
HEALTHCARE DESERTS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE
COMMUNITY FREE CLINIC PROVIDES IS AN OASIS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
DESERT WHERE THERE’S LACK OF ACCESSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE TO GET
THE TESTING.>>YOU’RE SPEAKING OF THE CLING
THATá–>>TALKING OF CHARLIE’S CLINIC.
I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE AS AFRICAN AMERICANS ALSO
UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CONTROL OF OUR HEALTH AND
JUST AS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT WELTNESS AND EXERCISEá–
WELLNESS AND EXERCISE, ALSO MAKING SURE THAT YOU’RE
PRESIDENT AND OUR GOVERNMENT HAS SUPPLIED US WITH AN OPPORTUNITY
TO MAKE SURE WE GET TESTING DONE AS PART OF OUR ANNUAL PHYSICALS,
THAT WE MAKE SURE WE DO THOSE THINGS NOW THAT THOSE THINGS ARE
AVAILABLE TO US. NOW, IS THINGS THAT THE PROTON
CENTER PROVIDE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A TYPE OF TREATMENT ONCE
YOU’VE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PROSTATE CANCER, AND AT THE
PROTON CENTER, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, WE TREATED MANY, MANY
MEN WITH PROSTATE CANCER AND THERE ARE MANY, MANY
TESTIMONIALS OF THOSE MEN TALKING ABOUT HOW, DURING THAT
TREATMENT, THEY WERE ABLE TO MAINTAIN, YOU KNOW, THEIR
LIFESTYLE AS THEY WERE CARRYING ON NORMALLY THROUGHOUT THEIR
TREATMENT AND POST TREATMENT.>>RIGHT.
GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO CONTINUE BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE I GET
THE INFORMATION ON THE SCREEN FOR MEN THAT ARE INTERESTED IN
ATTENDING, WHERE THEY CAN GO TO GET THIS INFORMATION.
AND YOU CAN GO TO WWW.FACEBOOK.COM, AGAIN, THAT’S
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/IGHECI. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ICHECI.
YOU CAN ALSO REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.EVENTS
RIGHT.COM/EVENT/348087965. NOW, THAT’S A LOT FOR YOU TO
REMEMBER, BUT YOU CAN ALSO GIVE ME A CALL AT MY OFFICE AT
757-683-8836. 757-683-8836.
YOU CAN ELSE E-MAIL ME AT TERRANCE.AFER.ANDERSON AT
VDH.VIRGINIA.GOV AND MY NUMBER IS ON THE SCREEN AGAIN.
WE HAVE THREE MINUTES LEFT. I’D LIKE FOR YOU, PLEASE, TO
GIVE ME JUST SOME ANECDOTAL REFERENCE.
>>I WOULD SAY RIGHT NOW WE’RE WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY OF
SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA. THANKS FOR A HEALTHCARE
FOUNDATION GRANT AND WE’VE GIVEN PEOPLE THE INFORMATION.
WE DID THEIR A-1-Cs, DID THE TESTS, PROVIDED EDUCATION, AND
GAVE PEOPLE A PEDOMETER AND THAT PEDOMETER HAS REALLY HELPED
PEOPLE TO RECOGNIZE, I’M NOT WALKING VERY MUCH.
AND SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A PEDOMETER HAS GIVEN PEOPLE A
TOOL THAT NOW THEY CAN USE TO CHANGE THEIR NUMBERS AND SO
THAT’S THE POWER OF EDUCATION WHEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER.
>>FANTASTIC.>>AND GIVE PEOPLE TOOLS AND
THIS OPPORTUNITY IS INCREDIBLE. AND I HOPE EVERYONE COMES AND
TAKES PART IN THIS EVENT.>>I’M SO VERY GLAD TO HAVE YOU
INVOLVED AND THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION.
PHIL?>>TERRANCE, I THINK THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING WE NEED TO BE LEFT WITH IS UNDERSTANDING THAT
SYMPOSIUMS LIKE THIS WILL CONTINUE TO NOT ONLY EDUCATE,
BUT AS CHARLIE HAS SAID, IT’S IMPORTANT WE CONTINUE THIS
DIALOGUE FROM ONE YEAR TO THE NEXT AND THAT MEN SHARE THEIR
PERSONAL STORIES BECAUSE I THINK THAT WHEN MEN SHARE THEIR
STORIES WITH SOMEONE ELSE, IT’S CLOSE ENOUGH TO HOME THAT ALONG
WITH THE EDUCATION AND THE STORY, IT WILL GET GUYS TO START
THINKING ABOUT, I NEED TO GET SCREENED, I NEED TO CHANGE MY
LIFESTYLE, I NEED TO GET SOME FORM OF RECREATION, I NEED TO
MAYBE LOOK AT MY EATING HABIT, AND I THINK THAT FROM ONE
GENERATION TO THE NEXT, WITH THAT KIND OF CONTINUED DIALOGUE
AND EFFORT, WE CAN MAKE SOME GROUND.
>>GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH FOR COMING
ON THE SHOW TODAY. THIS HAS BEEN AN HOUR-LONG
SPECIAL EDITION AND THE EVENT WE’RE DOING IN AUGUST DESERVES
THIS KIND OF ATTENTION AND AS SOON AS I CAN, I’M GOING TO PUT
IT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE SO EVERYBODY CAN COME TO THE PAGE
AND SEE INFORMATION, GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT.
AND SEE WHY IT IS SO SO, SO VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO COME.
CHARLIE HILL, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
>>YOU’RE WELCOME.>>KEITH GREGORY, HAMPTON
UNIVERSITY PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE.
>>THANK YOU.>>LAWRENCE LAMBERT WITH THE
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION.>>THANK YOU.
>>AND PHIL SMITH WITH HEALTH-FIT-PERFORM-CO, ALSO
REPRESENTING THE GREATER NORFOLK MEDICAL SOCIETY AND THE NORFOLK
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER. GENTLEMEN, I TIP MY HAT TO YOU,
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING ON BOARD.
WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR THIS EDITION OF
HEALTH WATCH. REMEMBER YOU CAN WATCH ONLINE AT
WWW.NORFOLK.GOV/TV-48/HEALTH UNDERSCORE WATCH.
THIS HAS BEEN HET WATCH — HEALTH WASH.
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  1. Honored to be the first to comment on this video but also disheartened by the low views.  I'm 42 going on 43 and I'm trying to be more proactive with my personal health.  In 2014 I'm striving to open the dialogue with my brothers on our health and wellness.

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