Join Us in Washington, DC

Posted by – December 12, 2016


Date:   December 12, 2016


Contact: Jewel Bush, National Director of Communications


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.


The Big Finish!

Posted by – December 05, 2016

"Me and you be sisters." - Lucille Clifton 


It's officially the off-season!


We've been grinding since February. It's been nonstop hustle. Now it's time to fill the Well back up.  For the next six week the GirlTrek staff will be engaged in radical acts of self-care. That means time with family, plenty of rest and, of course, a few good adventures! Now as we prepare to start our annual break there's only three things left to do:


1.  Say Thank you: We are blessed with a village of supporters, partners, volunteers and trekkers that dedicate countless hours, precious time and valuable resources to this movement. There are no real words to express how grateful we are for this community. In times of doubt or struggle, you have lifted us up. We hope that as we celebrate the milestone of this year that you are as proud as we are of the work that we are doing together.


I Ran into a Black Family 5K on the National Mall!

Posted by – November 28, 2016

Vanessa sent me a text message this weekend.  This is what it said:


Two Black families running into each other on the national mall?


Friday was amazing.


...and, can I just tell you something?


God is good.  


We never knew what your faces would look like, but we ALWAYS knew that YOU would be the leaders Black families needed to turn around this health crisis!


We were right!  You turned UP!


Thanksgiving with Black Families

Posted by – November 18, 2016

We're just one week away from a major takeover of Black Friday! Hundreds of GirlTrek families are choosing to #OptOutside by hosting a Family 5K. After eating all of the greens, beans, potatoes, tomatoes (come through Shirley Caesar!) they'll be starting a new family tradition by working up a sweat and having some post-Thanksgiving fun and bonding time. There's still plenty of time for you to join in on the action.  Just pick a time, a convenient location in your neighborhood or local park, tell your family it's going down and download and print your customizable race bibs here.


Essence Magazine with Denzel & Viola!

Posted by – November 14, 2016


GirlTrek is featured in this month's Essence Magazine!


UNITED STATES - November 14, 2017 -  You just might find sisters praise dancing, body rolling and applying fresh coats of lipgloss all across this great country!  Why?  Because Essence Magazine just featured GirlTrek in a full-page spread!!!!!!!   Baby BAAABY!!!

The December issue just hit stands!

It's the issue with Denzel Washington (Heeeey Denzel) and Viola Davis on the cover. 

Here's a sneak peek:


Happening Right Now

Posted by – November 11, 2016

On Wednesday we woke up in mourning. By Thursday we were back to work. We are sending you this note - a love note and a battle cry all wrapped in one - from Jackson, Mississippi where the entire GirlTrek team is assembled.

We gave ourselves a moment to embrace our fear, to stand in our rage, to let the grief wash over us - then in the tradition of every Black woman who has come before us, we straightened up our backs, took one deep breath of bitter air, paused to ask God for understanding, rolled up our sleeves and got back to business.

We came to Jackson to strategize GirlTrek's next move (next 10 actually, because we stay ready) and to celebrate a beautiful group of GirlTrek organizers, activists and leaders. Women who have set this former confederate state on fire with Black love and healing, rallying thousands of their friends and family to join the GirlTrek movement and lead a health revolution.  We celebrate them this weekend and source from them the inspiration to keep moving in difficult times.

End of Season Awards!

Posted by – November 04, 2016

The year is nearly over and it's time to celebrate the women of GirlTrek! 


The fearless leaders... 

The biggest transformations... 

The best news stories...

The hypest teams...




TODAY: Phone Call for New Organizers

Posted by – October 28, 2016

Superheroes by day, organizers by night.... 

We are so grateful!  Yesterday we switched out of our GirlTrek t-shirts and sneakers and into some fancy day attire to accept the Rosalyn S. Jaffe Award in front of 700 people at a super-swanky awards ceremony at Cipriani's in New York City. 

Soledad O'Brien emceed the event and Mrs. Jaffe [pictured], who started Dress Barn more than 50-years ago and grew it into a 7 Billion (how you like me now!) dress empire that now includes Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant, gave us the award.




Will You Go Out with Us?

Posted by – October 24, 2016

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
It is near the end of the best season in GirlTrek history!!!  We doubled in sized to become the largest health movement for Black women in America!  We expanded to 20 cities!  And EVERYONE - from The White House to Essence Magazine - is calling us a movement of local heroes!
Will you go outside and celebrate with us?!

We are so grateful for you.  


To give thanks to the 80,000 women who are building this health movement with us and to celebrate the end of the season, we are joining with our partners at REI to stage the biggest #OptOutside event in Black communities across the country by offering $20,000 in merchandise, medals and mini-grants to every woman reading this email.  You put your blood, sweat and tears into this victory. Let's celebrate!