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Eighty percent (80%) of African America women are overweight/obese. Obesity is a precursor for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
Heart attacks and strokes are the leading causes of premature death for racial minorities. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports heart disease as THE leading cause of death for African American women. Several medical conditions and lifestyle choices also increase risk: diabetes, overweight/obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.
Sisterhood Agenda is in the process of building its Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) to house its SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered program, slated to begin July 2014. We are very excited about launching this important health project!
Of course, Sisterhood Agenda will continue to celebrate National Women’s Health Week, even though funding for this initiative is no longer available. Sisterhood Agenda will provide valuable educational materials such as magnets, healthy recipes and healthy guidelines to the public, discuss health issues, and register SHE participants.
Health is holistic: we need clean water, air, and food to nourish our minds, bodies, and souls. Without good health, quality of life is severely diminished. The good news is that many health diseases are preventable with proper education and support.
Starting with pilot programming in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Sisterhood Agenda will expand its programs nationally within the next five years.
As we all strive for happiness, every day can be a healthy and empowered day!
Sisterhood Agenda is excited to announce the expansion of its SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered initiative by creating and implementing a new trauma-informed public health prevention strategy that includes a holistic and innovative approach with: a healing paradigm, youth programs, adult workshops, a multi-media national campaign, and digital mentoring.
The newly expanded comprehensive SHE initiative will address the top health issues that disproportionately affect African American females:
The foundation of the new SHE project is the understanding of trauma, both present and historical, and its effects on women’s and girls’ health. Sisterhood Agenda’s supportive, informed sisterhood network can help reduce the incidence of these negative outcomes and promote healthy behavior. Sisterhood Agenda will announce its new initiative during National Women’s Health Week May 11-17, 2014. We look forward to this new project and the many people that it will benefit from it!
It is no secret that Black females are disproportionately represented among those who are affected by obesity/overweight. SHE: Sisters Healthy & Empowered now has a new resource with the publication of the new book, Black Girls Guide: How to Lose Weight Fast & Forever, published this month.
Annually, Sisterhood Agenda celebrates National Women’s Health Week in Cruz Bay, St. John. However, this year, the Office on Women’s Health is no longer funding these activities. Since Sisterhood Agenda has implemented SHE for the past three years, we plan to continue with private funding, even if we have to scale down our activities.
One of our local activities in St. John is hiking, which takes advantage of over 40 beautiful hiking trails maintained by the Virgin Islands National Park. With SHE: Sisters Healthy & Empowered and its holistic approach to well-being, we continue to provide resources and valuable services to prevent negative health outcomes that plague too many women and girls.
After the successful Women’s Health Week event in May 2013, Sisterhood Agenda promotes healthy living and lifestyles all year through its blog. SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered posts on sisterhoodagenda.com include the following topics: knowing your HIV status, hepatitis, volunteerism, walking for wellness, golf sensation Ginger Howard, suicide prevention, and Sisterhood Agenda Global Partner Awards.
In addition to the SHE: Sisters, Healthy & Empowered annual event, Sisterhood Agenda Enterprises, LLC will publish an important book about losing weight and maintaining health. Written by Sisterhood Agenda President, Angela D. Coleman, Black Girls Guide: How to Lose Weight Fast & Forever is the fourth book in the Black Girls Guide book series: www.blackgirlguide.com. The book series is a how-to publication and valuable resource for Black females, particularly young African American women.
Sisterhood Agenda will also include health issues as an integral part of its upcoming webinar series in 2014.
St John, VI—In its third year, Sisterhood Agenda implemented SHE: Sisters Healthy & Empowered in celebration of National Women’s Health Week on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 11am-6pm. Sharing space with VITEMA’s outreach event during the day, Sisterhood Agenda provided SHE activities, health information, and coordinate fitness demonstrations for residents in St. John in Franklin Powell Park.
Overweight/obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and heart disease are familiar concerns for St. John residents. “This is a fun event, but one that also has a purpose: we can be healthy and empowered by making good choices,” states Angela D. Coleman, Sisterhood Agenda President.
With DJ’s and participation from Women’s Sports Foundation, March of Dimes, Myrah Keating Health Center, Family Resource Center, Council on Alcohol, Drug Dependence St. Thomas-St. John (COAST), Hope, Inc., VI Department of Sports, Parks & Recreation, VI National Park, Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC), and Wisdom Waves Wellness Center-St. Thomas, Sisterhood Agenda celebrated National Women’s Health week by giving away SHE health kits with local resource information, advice, guidelines, and inspiration during this health-focused community event.
This year’s SHE event was special: Sisterhood Agenda recognized four pioneering female leaders who are doing dynamic work in their communities with Sisterhood Agenda Global Partner Awards given to: 1) Belinda Harden, Founder and President of Mary McLeod Bethune Humanitarian Network, 2) Maimah Karmo, Founder of Tigerlily Foundation, 3) Dr. Margaret Kilibwa, Founder of Tropical Clinics, and 4) Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq., National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women.
Sisterhood Agenda distributed over 100 SHE kits and would like to thank Pine Peace Market for its food and water donations. For more information, visit www.sisterhoodagenda.com.
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