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New health center opens in local barbershop

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Health education, wellness promotion and diabetes support for men of color and their families is the focus of a new health center in Madison.

The Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association (RLWA) Men’s Health & Education Center is located inside JP Hair Design Barbershop, located at 584 Grand Canyon Drive in Madison.  Approximately 800 men of color who visit the Barbershop each week will benefit from daily education about prevention and maintenance of chronic health conditions, healthy living, nutrition and meal preparation.

On Wednesday, Aaron Perry and Jeff Patterson stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the new center.

Perry, founder of the RLWA says he excited about the opportunity to share health tips with men at a place they are familiar with.

“JP’s is a place that these men are already visiting on a weekly basis," said Perry.  "If we can provide them health information where they already are comfortable, it’s a win.”

SSM Health is proud to be the primary sponsor of this new initiative that’s funded through the organization’s Helping Dane County to be Healthy grant program.

“We’re trying to make a lasting impact when it comes to the community’s health,” says Damond Boatwright, SSM Health Regional President of Hospital Operations. “This is a good example of how we can help improve the quality of life for some area families for years to come.”

RLWA is receiving $30,000 annually for three years, as part of the grant program. The group is using health education and special outreach events to help educate men about health issues and connect them with services aimed at improving their overall health. The Rebalanced Life Wellness Association has a special focus on chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

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