Dodge The Punch: Live Right ®


The Dodge the Punch: Live Right® program, which closely mirrors the Healthy Hair, Phase 1 program, trains African American barbers to serve as lay health educators to their barbershop clients. Barbers conduct "health talks" with their clients, which are essentially the same as the Healthy Hair health chats. In barbershops, perhaps even more than in hair salons, group discussion between and among barbers and clients help provide motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes. As in Healthy Hair, Dodge the Punch participants complete program survey forms at each health talk.

The NKFM trains African American barbers in how to discuss nutrition- and physical activity-focused chronic disease prevention strategies with their clients. The intensive one-day training provides barbers with information about good nutrition and the importance of physical activity, as well as detailed instruction and practice in conducting client "health talks."  The health talk, which is the centerpiece of the barber-client intervention, involves barbers sharing the information they learned at the training with their clients and encouraging them to improve their health by doing one or more of the following:

  • Dodge the Punch photoIncrease consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Increase consumption of whole-grain foods
  • Increase consumption of non-fat or low-fat milk or dairy products
  • Engage in regular physical activity

Barbers help clients to focus on the healthy lifestyle messages communicated during the health talks combined with educational literature.

When clients return to the barbershop after approximately one month, barbers have a second health talk with them to re-emphasize the above steps and assess progress to-date.  Clients complete program survey forms at each health talk so the effectiveness of the Dodge the Punch intervention can be measured using pre and post test.

For more information on the Dodge the Punch: Live Right program, please call the NKFM at 800-482-1455.

Calling All Barbers & Stylists:

HH TrainingOur next training is on Monday, February 12th from 12pm-4pm in our Detroit office, located at
7800 W Outer Drive, Suite 203. Detroit, MI 48235. Call 313-259-1574 for more information.

We are always looking for interested stylists and barbers to help us improve the lives and health of our community!

Check back for updates on our next training dates. Until then, you can inquire about the Healthy Hair program in the Detroit area by calling the NKFM-Detroit Branch at 313-259-1574 or in the West Michigan area by calling the NKFM-Grand Rapids Branch at 616-458-9520.

Thank you!

Men's Grooming Tip

Dream solutions to nightmarish skin problems
Courtesy of Lee Kynaston, men’s grooming expert

Razor burn
The cause: Irritation caused by your razor as it passes over microscopic ridges in the skin.
The Solution: lways shave in the direction of beard growth, rather than against it. Use short, gentle strokes, rinse skin thoroughly with cold – not hot – water and always apply a post-shave balm afterwards to bolster the skin’s own healing process. If your beard growth isn’t particularly heavy, try shaving at night – especially if you wear a shirt and tie to work every day. Nothing irritates freshly shaven skin quite like a stiff shirt collar, and shaving at night will give your skin time to heal.

Oil-slick skin

The cause: Men’s skin tends to be oiler than women’s, so shiny patches are common – especially around the nose, chin and forehead.
The solution: Everything from hot water and harsh face washes to stress and friction can exacerbate oily skin, so turn down the heat, avoid touching your face too much and don’t use harsh, drying face washes – these will only stimulate skin to produce more oil. Instead, consider using a clay-based mask once a week and buy oil-free or mattifying moisturizers.

Ingrown hairs

The cause: A hair curling back on itself and burrowing into its own follicle or nearby skin, leading to a painful and unsightly bump.
The solution: To minimize the risk of ingrown hairs, exfoliate skin with a face scrub twice weekly (or look for an exfoliating face wash designed for daily use) and focus on the neck and the area just under the jawline where ingrown hairs often occur. This will help keep follicles free of the grease, grime and dead skin cells that can interfere with normal hair growth. Making sure you shave in the direction of beard growth helps too, as does not pressing too hard with your razor.

Dry, flaky skin
The cause: Dehydration, disruption to the skin’s naturally protective lipid barrier, along with the effects of pollution and central heating, can suck the moisture out of skin like an epidermal vampire.
The solution: Cut back on dehydrating tea, coffee and booze, take a vitamin A, D and E supplement (these antioxidants have been shown to aid barrier repair) and moisturize. Skin that’s adequately hydrated is supple and feels comfortable and a moisturizer will prevent it from drying out. Don’t just apply in the morning though – skin loses the most water when we’re asleep, so moisturizing again just before bed is a great way to ensure you always wake up looking better than when you turned in. 

Healthy Recipe: Cheesy Beef Casserole

Courtesy of
Flavorful dish made with a secret, healthy ingredient. 


1 small russet potato
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 lb extra lean ground beef (5% fat)
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
14 1/2 oz canned unsalted diced tomatoes
1 tbsp chili powder (to taste)
16 oz fresh shredded cabbage
1 pinch salt (optional)
1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground (to taste)
2 tbsp taco sauce (to taste)
6 slices jalapeño peppers (optional) 


1. Preheat oven to 375˚ F. Lightly coat a 2-quart casserole with cooking spray.

2. Peel and grate the potato into a bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup of the mozzarella. Spread evenly over the bottom of the prepared casserole. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until potato is browned and crispy.

3. Meanwhile, brown ground sirloin, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon as it browns. Remove any excess fat. Add the tomatoes with their juice, chili powder, and the cabbage. Season with pepper to taste. Sauté and stir for about a minute.

4. If mixture seems too dry, add another 1 tablespoon of the bottled taco sauce, adding up to 2 tablespoons more, if needed.

5. When potatoes are done, spoon beef mixture on top of potatoes. Top with remaining cheese and jalapeño slices (if using). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until casserole is hot and bubbly. Serve at once. 

Additional Information
Garnish with fresh lettuce, tomato, salsa, and cheddar cheese. 

Men’s Fitness Tip

Make it your own. Consider buying a piece of cardiovascular equipment for your home, such as a treadmill, stationary bicycle, or elliptical machine. Home models can be more reasonable than you think, and you can’t beat the convenience. Keep in mind, though, that cheaper models tend to be less sturdy.

  • Make it fun. Try a new sport like tennis or rollerblading. The more that you enjoy exercise, the more likely you are to stick to it.
  • Make it social. Walk with a friend, your spouse, or your family in the morning or evening.
  • Sign up for a class. Check out the fitness course schedule at your local gym or community center, or the dance or yoga class schedule at a nearby studio. You may find that having the structure of a class helps you learn a new activity and keeps you on track.


What are Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body & Dodge the Punch?

The Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body and Dodge the Punch programs are community based initiatives that target African-American men and women who are disproportionately affected with chronic kidney disease. The program provides one-day training for stylists and barbers to educate them about kidney disease and the primary contributors, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. After completion of the training, stylists and barbers are prepared to talk with their clients about healthy lifestyle changes and risk factors for chronic kidney disease.

What is the targeted impact of these programs on the community?

To prevent kidney disease by educating the community on the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity.. In addition, the programs facilitate positive lifestyle changes within the community; having reached 7,272 individuals since 1999.

How do I (stylist/barber) qualify to participate?

  • Contact the NKFM branch office closest to you:    
    Detroit: 313-259-1574       
    Grand Rapids: 616-458-9520
  • Have an interest in your health and the community you serve
  • Stylists and barbers must be 18 years of age or older
  • Attend a half-day training held in the community
  • Sign an agreement committing to participate in the program

Where are one-day trainings held?

The trainings are held at NKFM regional branch offices, community centers and salons.

Are there any out-of-pocket expenses?

There are no out-of-pocket costs to you. NKFM will provide you with any information needed to participate in the Healthy Hair and Dodge the Punch programs.

Can I refer other barbers/stylists to participate in Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body?

Yes! By referring a barber or stylist who meets the requirements outlined in Question 3, you are eligible to qualify for referral compensation. The stylist or barber you refer must participate in the Healthy Hair/Dodge the Punch training and sign the partnership agreement indicating they will participate. Upon completion of the above, you will receive compensation for the individuals you referred.