OHIO (WJW) — Black men in Northeast Ohio are more likely than any other group to die from preventative illnesses.

It’s a sobering statistic that has many folks working to solve it.

The free wellness walk is in Wade Oval to draw attention to the problem and offers free health screenings to men.

The event started Saturday at 7 a.m.

The walk follows an opening ceremony.

The event is to help encourage black men to do preventative care.

Fox 8’s Roosevelt Leftwich has more in the video above. For more on the Cleveland Walk to Save Black Men’s Lives, click here.