Date: December 12, 2016
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jewel Bush, National Director of Communications
(202) 681-3033; firstname.lastname@example.org
GirlTrek Presents a Day of #BlackGirlHealing on Inauguration Day
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
- Audre Lorde
(Washington, D.C. - December 12, 2016)
We have a health crisis in America and nowhere is the toll greater than with African-American women and girls.
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.