Men, lets face it; we have to start taking better care of ourselves. Yes, we are starting to get into the grooming aspect, like moisturizing our faces, getting pedicures and even microblading. But what about the inside? What about what we are putting in our bodies like food and how we exercise? We recently spoke with Walker Tisdale of HealthyBlackMen.org where he talks about the website, why it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle and their new app!
What is the Healthy Black Men App?
The app is our latest effort to mobilize brothers around free, health and wellness content. When we first launched the site – nearly 10 years ago, it was all about filling a void. There were literally no digital platforms dedicated 100% to Black men’s health. We see the app as a ‘connector’ of brothers to tailored health content, urban health centers, video messages/demos, and other resources. We want brothers to talk about the app, share with their friends, and most importantly give us feedback so we can continue to be the go-to health source for black men.
What inspired you to create the Healthy Black Men website?
I started my public health career more than 20 years ago and specifically when I worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I always thought based on health disparity research that more digital resources should be dedicated to Black men’s health and mental health. My ambitious nature pushed me to enlist the help of family, friends, and colleagues to develop and launch the initial platform at a time when funding was out of reach and honestly widespread interest in the project was zero. If you tell me something I’m passionate about is not worthwhile, that’s the fastest way to get me to double my efforts. I saw a need and thought someone should do something. After a bunch of ‘no thank you’s’ – that someone turned out to be me.