CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Listening to your radio Saturday morning may improve your health, especially if you are an African-American. On Feb. 23, WPMZ’s Caring for the Community radio show will feature local physicians discussing health disparities adversely affecting the African-American community. The show will air at 11 a.m. on radio station WPMZ Grove 93.

Caring for the Community, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Memorial Hospital and presented by Brewer Broadcasting, has been offering health information and education to the Chattanooga community since summer 2006. With a No. 1 ranking in its timeslot among African-American women ages 35-64, the program seeks to raise awareness about diversity and address health disparities facing minorities today.

“Caring for the Community is certainly an excellent opportunity to provide health information to the Chattanooga area,” said Donna Roddy, regional nurse liaison at BlueCross and member of the program’s advisory board. “Our hope is to eventually create a healthier Chattanooga.”

The Feb. 23 spot will include information about heart disease, sickle cell disease and diabetes – three health disparities raising concerns in African-American communities.

Local cardiologist Dr. Robert McKoy will discuss heart disease, which affects 40 percent of African-Americans. McKoy practices cardiology, internal medicine and interventional cardiology in Chattanooga and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Sickle cell disease, which occurs in 1 in 500 African-Americans, will be discussed by pediatrician Dr. Jacqueline Shaw. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Shaw currently practices at Pediatric Health Care Associates in Chattanooga.

Dr. George McLean, an endocrinologist practicing in Chattanooga and Hixson, will discuss diabetes, a disease afflicting 3.2 million African-Americans over the age of 20. McLean graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and specializes in diabetes, internal medicine, and endocrinology and metabolism.

Caring for the Community airs every Saturday morning at 11 on radio stations 93.7 and 93.3 FM.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.