Studies show that African Americans have higher rates of illness, disability and premature death.
In 2006, African American women and men 45-74 years of age had the largest death rates from heart disease and stroke compared with the same age women and men of other racial and ethnic populations, according to the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Leading Causes of Death for African Americans:
1. Heart Disease
The Center for African American Health was founded in 2005 and is trying to reduce health disparities.
Saturday, July 27 there will be a 5k walk/run and one-mile walk to raise money for the center.
The Center provides programs on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer, as well as a wellness program for seniors, and health literacy training.
The Destination Health Walk and Health Education Expo begins Saturday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m in Denver's City Park.
To register, visit www.caahealth.org.