BR Launches "Fresh Cuts, Clean Health" Barbershop Health Outreach

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden has joined with the LSU Community University Partnerships to launch "Fresh Cuts, Clean Health." It's a barbershop outreach is part of the mayor's "Healthy BR" campaign.

The outreach is called "Fresh Cuts, Clean Health" and its intended to screen black men for high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol; and provide follow-up educational opportunities to promote prevention and healthy living. This initiative is modeled after the Los Angeles-based Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program founded in 2007 by Dr. Bill Releford, and is funded through a $25,000 Impact Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

Diabetes and hypertension among African-American males has been documented at national, state and local levels. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish's health profile, heart disease, stroke and diabetes are among the top causes of death. In many cases, the mortality rates for African-Americans are nearly double the rates of other races affected by these diseases according to a 2002 report by the Louisiana Center for Health Statistics and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals/Office of Public Health.

"Fresh Cuts, Clean Health" fulfills CUP's mission to maintain community relevancy through outreach. CUP builds relationships between campus and community groups, schools and interfaith networks.

For more information on "Fresh Cuts, Clean Health," contact the LSU Community University Partnership at or 225-578-8699.