The Misconception of “Man Up,”–It’s Literally Killing Black Men

As we grow from children to adults we learn a lot of different lessons about our health and how to preserve it. Some of us are fortunate enough to receive abundant teachings about nutrition, sleep, healthy lifestyle habits, and disease prevention.

However, all too often, the majority of the public has not been well educated about disease prevention and maintaining wellness. Moreover, most of us know very little about the correlation between our emotional health and our physical state of being.

Today in America we are faced with many different diseases that have impacted us chronically for generations. In fact, America spends more on health care than any other country and even still our health ranks last against citizens of 10 other wealthy countries. Americans are in the midst of a health crisis and heart disease is at the forefront of that crisis.

Annually approximately 600,000 individuals in America die from heart disease. It is the number one cause of death for both men and women. Of course, there are obvious well-known ways to prevent this disease in our lives. Exercise and a healthy diet are familiar strategies to prevent heart disease. But there is another huge component of heart disease prevention that many of us miss.

In addition to maintaining a nutritious diet and appropriate levels of physical activity, there is another huge lifestyle habit that we must understand and incorporate daily. This habit is