Dr. Eric Griggs,
Doc Griggs Enterprises
Member: 2 years
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The Health & Wellness Ambassador –not only for The City of New Orleans, but also for The State of Louisiana, meet 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans Member Dr. Eric Griggs.
An advocate for healthy well-being, he speaks with a fast-paced, dynamic vigor about informed lifestyle choices and moderation and then, places this all inside of the context of genetics and community.
“My work takes me into the community to tackle clinical pathologies and change paradigms — help people to understand their genetic evolutionary survival mechanism in how diabetes or hypertension was passed along to them.”
Seeing the relationship of this link in genetics to the issues in the African-American community, he speaks equally passionate about the increased need for mentorship of young American males.
Survival depends on passing along.
“The bleeding in the community has to stop,” stated Griggs. “African-American males live seven (7) years less than everybody else for no medical reason — environmental, social. Around 2009, I decided to do something about it. I took a look at what was happening in my neighborhood — kids were breaking into my house, getting into trouble, so a couple of guys (Sydney Williams and Ric Gibson) and I formed a basketball camp and the problems went away.”
Before long, the camp grew from 30 boys to 400. And the men’s role expanded from coaching to more — facilitating healthy debate, providing meals, teaching the art of the hand shake, and even attending teacher conferences for absent parents.
It was around this time that he found a book by Jonathan Livingston, “Seagull” and himself at the gala of the 2013 100 Black Men National Convention in New Orleans.
The convergence of these two things gave him an epiphany.
Why the 100s?
“As I listened to the principles and the goals of the organization,” recalled Griggs, “I thought about what I was doing on my own, out my own pocket, and realized there’s strength in numbers and power in groups, like in the book I was reading: you’re not alone anymore.”
That night he found a home with the 100s.
“There’s nothing to describe the feeling of knowing someone has your back. Males need that. I needed that. Because then, there’s no limit to how high you can soar.”