Posted by Jewel Marie – December 12, 2016
Date: December 12, 2016
Contact: Jewel Bush, National Director of Communications
(Washington, D.C. - December 12, 2016)
Black women die younger and at higher rates than any other group of women in America. African-American women score worse, across most health indicators, than any other subgroup in the U.S; 82% of Black women are currently overweight and 53% are morbidly obese (CDC, 2014); and 95% of African-American girls, ages 6-11, will be overweight or obese women by 2034 unless diet and activity levels change (Garko, Michael, The Journal of Obesity, 2013).
In this context, as the country prepares to welcome a new administration amid an increasingly stressful political climate, many Black women anticipate that sweeping policy shifts, unfriendly legislative appointments and changes in government spending will further put their health and the health of their communities in peril. As the largest health nonprofit serving Black women and girls in the country, GirlTrek is committed to providing support to Black women while working within this uncertain political climate to actively improve their lives through direct programming, leadership development, and community advocacy.
As a public action in support of this work, GirlTrek will stage a day of #BlackGirlHealing on Inauguration Day in Washington, DC. This event will welcome Black women from across the country into a safe place where they can unplug, de-stress, participate in open dialogue, and learn practical strategies of self-care.
GirlTrek's Day of #BlackGirlHealing is free, but space is limited. RSVP here.
At GirlTrek, change starts with a woman making a commitment to improve her health, which leads to the development of healthier family traditions and her engagement in local policy to improve the health of her entire community.
GirlTrek has doubled in size since February 2016 and is nearly 80,000 Black women strong. That's nearly 80,000 Black women and girls around the nation who walk daily in local parks, trails and the streets of their neighborhoods getting healthy all the while reclaiming community space. For these women, walking has become a keystone habit that leads to a cascade of tiny rebellions against disease by developing healthier life practices such as eating better, spending less time alone and increased Vitamin D intake due to being out in nature more.
Started by two friends T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities through walking. Visit girltrek.org for more information.