The 29th annual Real Men Cook celebration will be held Father’s Day, June 17th, with continued emphasis on honoring black fathers, other black-male caregivers and encouraging participating men and their families to eat healthy.
The celebration will be held from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm June 17th at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, said Ayinde Cartman, executive director of Real Men Charities, the event’s sponsor.
A satellite event will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary, Indiana. The church’s telephone number is 219 944 0500.
On June 16th, the day before Father’s Day, Real Men Cook will host another event in the South Suburbs sponsored by Fathers and Blessings, 15401 Cottage Grove, Dalton, Illinois. The organization provides transitional and permanent housing in addition to youth mentoring. Fathers and Blessing’s telephone number is 708 392 9020.
In Chicago, the University of Chicago School of Medicine, a presenting sponsor since 2008, will host a health and wellness zone where physicians will serve nutritious food to attendees.
In addition, Ranoule “Flash” Tatum, an entrepreneur and prostate cancer survivor, will promote prostate cancer awareness as part of the health and wellness zone.
“There is currently a prostate cancer crisis in Black America,” said Thomas Farrington, founder of the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN), which is based in Quincy, Massachusetts. Farrington is a prostate cancer survivor. On Father’s Day prostate cancer survivors wear blue ribbons.
At Real Men Cook, there will be the usual fare of barbeque ribs and chicken with salads, raw vegetables, fruits and grilled and roasted vegetables to help fight obesity, which is epidemic in the black community.
Yvette Moyo, co-founder of Real Men Cook, said many of the health challenges—not all because some are genetic—can be addressed through health eating and exercise.