Two Haute Mamas: Free blood pressure screening honors John Singleton

The best gift you can give your dad on Father's Day is good health

Sheletta Brundidge
June 04, 2019 - 11:53 am

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This post comes from the Two Haute Mamas podcast, a peek into the lives, experiences and perspectives of Sheletta Brundidge and Lindy Vincent, two fabulously fun, engaging and opinionated friends.

When legendary film maker John Singleton died earlier this year at just 51 years old, many people were shocked.

How could a healthy looking man have his life cut short at such a young age?

Later it was discovered that the Academy Award nominee suffered from high blood pressure and died due to complications from the disease.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as the silent killer and is prevalent among men.

While doing an episode of the Two Haute Mamas podcast with my co-host Lindy, we celebrated Singleton's life.

We interviewed an LA Times columnist who had followed Singleton's career from the time he burst on the scene with his critically acclaimed movie Boyz N The Hood to his most recent work as a television producer.

Before we finished the segment, Lindy looked at me and said, "We would be remiss if we didn't talk about how John Singleton died. High blood pressure is killing off men, especially black men and it can easily be prevented. We have to do something to help men make better choices about their health."

So we put in a call to Black Nurses Rock (BNR) of Minnesota, a group of African American health care providers who work at hospitals and clinics in the Twin Cities.

They agreed to partner with us to do a free blood pressure screening just in time for Father's Day.

Kelly Robinson, president of BNR, says their group has been targeting men's health. "The statistics are amazing for our non Hispanic, African American men when it comes to being diagnosed with hypertension.  While 23-percent of white men are diagnosed with the condition, 45-percent of black men have the disease."

In her experience, Robinson says black men are more reluctant to get regular check ups. "A lot of black men have a fear of going to the doctor because they do not want to focus on anything negative. They would rather not know that they are sick and have high blood pressure."

On June 14, the Friday before Father's Day, from noon to 1 p.m. at Golden Thyme Cafe at 921 Selby Avenue in St. Paul, Black Nurses Rock is teaming up with the Two Haute Mamas podcast to provide a free blood pressure screening for men.

We want you to bring the men in your life to this event.

The best present you can give your dad on Father's Day is the gift of good health.

Robinson says it's about more than just finding out the numbers. "We are trying to impart some education that day as well. We plan to bring some real stories and real events that kind of bring it home for the men who come to get their blood pressure checked."

Robinson says you have to make it plain for men when you're talking about their health, "If they know their car is going to break down on the highway, they will stop it and get it checked. If you know that you  have high blood pressure, check it and change it. You can change high blood pressure with diet and exercise and sometimes it requires a small little pill. You shouldn't die because you like to eat fried chicken."

There is no registration required for the event. More than a dozen nurses will be there with information and assistance to screen the men who come to get their blood pressure checked. For more information, visit the Two Haute Mamas website.

To hear our entire conversation with Robinson, with tips on ways to incorporate exercise into your regular daily routine, click on the link below:

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