An upcoming expo in the Triad will focus on Black men’s health, timed to kick off National Men’s Health Week. 

Wake Forest University’s Black Faith and HIV initiative, or BFH, is hosting an expo entitled “Protect Your Energy” on June 10. It’s being touted as the first Black men’s wellness expo in the Triad.

Marcus Hawley is the educational program manager for BFH, which is led by the Faith Coordinating Center at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He hopes the expo can be a catalyst for Black men to explore spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Hawley says it’s also an avenue to raise awareness about HIV stigma among Black people and people of faith.

"A lot of times, we don't have a ton of, quote, unquote, 'safe spaces' that we can really go and gather and have a really authentic conversation with one another," says Hawley. 

The day’s events will feature a panel discussion, along with opportunities for spiritual modalities including acupuncture, yoga, and meditation.

The Black Men’s Wellness Expo will take place on Saturday, June 10, on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

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