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One Stop For Haircut And Health

By Hamil R. Harris
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 2, 2004; Page PG08

Millhouse & Sons' Praise the Lord barbershop in Oxon Hill is more than a place to get a haircut.

Greater Southeast Community Hospital officials, for example, used the shop recently to offer free blood pressure screenings as part of an effort to educate people about hypertension and how the condition kills many African Americans.


Above, hospital publicist Rocky Twyman talks with Barbara Stewart. Below, Robert Millhouse, owner of Millhouse and Sons, attends to a customer.

"I have high blood pressure," said Robert Millhouse, who invited the hospital to use his shop for the screenings. "My brother died of a heart attack a few years ago, and when they found him there were high blood pressure pills by his bed."

The screening is one of several held by the hospital. Barbara Stewart, coordinator of Greater Southeast's Blood Pressure Outreach Program, said she has been setting up screenings at local barber shops, beauty parlors and churches for nearly two decades.

-- HAMIL R. HARRIS


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