On Saturday, fathers can receive the gift of health as part of the 17th annual Black Men’s Health Summit.

The free, one-day health expo for men of color will be hosted in the Orange County Convention Center’s North Concourse from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Black men face particular health challenges. Their life expectancy is 67.8 years as compared to 75.2 years for white men -- a 7.5-year spread. More than 61.5 percent of black men die of heart disease by age 75 versus 41.5 percent of white men. And the rate of AIDS cases is seven times higher for black men than their white counterparts.

Deric Gillard, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is scheduled to speak about implementation of several key components of the Affordable Care Act that begin Jan. 1.

“This shows that black men’s health is a top priority for the president and that he understands the difficulty some people in our community have in getting their health needs addressed properly,” said Dr. Angela Adams, executive director of the Central Florida Pharmacy Council, in a press release. The council sponsors the health expo.

Since the summit began in 1987, more than 20,000 residents have received free health screenings. More than 11 screenings are available including diabetes, HIV and mental health disorders.

Pre-registration is required to attend the 8 a.m. opening session and buffet. Men can register online at www.blackmenshealthsummit.com or by calling 407-647-9339.