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Fitness Guru Billy Blanks Jr. to deliver keynote address at Whittier Street Health Center’s 2014 Men’s Health Summit

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6/12/2014, 6 a.m.
America’s First Family of Fitness: Billy Blanks Jr. and Sharon Catherine Blanks

Also, according to a 2012 report from the Centers for Disease Control, men’s life expectancy has risen from 70 years to 76 years, while women’s has increased from 77 years to 81 years from 1980 on. The average life expectancy of black men is 71 years. Black men also have higher death rates from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The key to eliminating these health disparities is early testing so treatment can begin promptly.

With more than 300 people expected to attend the summit, the goal is to raise awareness among men that physical, mental and spiritual health are interconnected and, that by taking charge of their own health, they can build a stronger family and community.

Blanks Jr. is a fitness expert known for designing programs that make fitness fun and inclusive for families and people of all fitness levels. Blanks, along with his wife Sharon Catherine, have gone from being homeless to entrepreneurs through hard work, determination, and a dream. He and Sharon Catherine appeared on “Shark Tank” and landed a deal with Daymond John and Mark Cuban for their program, “Dance with Me,” the only actual fitness-based dance certification course. They are also in the process of launching their own original family lifestyle and fitness show, “America’s Fit Party” and in April 2013, they appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show.”

For more information about the Men’s Health Summit, please call 617-989-3071, email Valerie.stephens@wshc.org, or visit www.wshc.org or @whittier_boston

About Whittier Street Health Center

Whittier Street Health Center is a Joint Commission-accredited, private, non-profit, independently licensed community health center dedicated to providing high quality, reliable and accessible primary healthcare and support services for diverse populations to promote wellness and eliminate health and social disparities. Serving more than 25,000 clients with over 100,000 clinic visits and 20,000 community outreach visits annually, Whittier has a patient base that is ethnically and racially diverse and includes significant numbers of individuals from Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the South End, and Greater Boston. Whittier provides a comprehensive array of 40 healthcare programs and services designed to meet the primary health care, behavioral health, and social needs of the community. Whittier is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 3 (highest level) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Learn more at www.wshc.org.