Nationally, an astounding 80% of Black, non-Hispanic females are obese/overweight. Sisterhood Agenda will target 150 Black, non-Hispanic women ages 19-65 residing in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, a rural community. Promoting a buddy system approach, Sisterhood Agenda's SHE , Sisters: Healthy & Empowered project has the potential to reach as many as 450 Black, non-Hispanic women.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The island of St. John does not have a public fitness center or exercise facility. Nationally, an astounding 80% of Black, non-Hispanic females are obese/overweight. Last year, 26.7% of adults in the U.S. reported being obese compared to 62.4% of females in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Cultural diets in the Virgin Islands includes foods that are high in carbohydrates and starch, fat (i.e., fried food), and calories. Obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are common medical conditions.
How will this project solve this problem?
Sisterhood Agenda will kick off National Women's Health Week with a workshop in May. SHE activities include: 1) learning to take physical activity breaks or energizers, 2) keeping a food diary, 3) establishing an individualized healthy eating plan, 4) trying new healthy foods, 5) time management to incorporate daily physical activity, 6) making healthy breakfast, lunches, dinners, 7) food shopping to assess healthy selection, 8) cooking methods for healthy meals, 9) physical education.
Potential Long Term Impact
Sisterhood Agenda will implement evidence based activities from the CDC's Make a Difference: Key Strategies to Prevent Obesity publication. Many participants and community members have asked us if we plan to do the event again and we assured them that we would try our best to secure the funding to do so. This unique health event targets women who need it most and is the only one of its kind anywhere in the Virgin Islands.
Total Funding Received to Date: $338
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $662
Total Funding Goal: $1,000