Archive | May, 2009

Black Women’s Wellness Day is Coming!

13 May
The First Annual Black Women's Wellness Day

The First Annual Black Women's Wellness Day



It’s National Women’s Health Week…What Will You Do for YOU?

13 May



This is a reminder that it is National Women’s Health Week, and I have a question for you…

What will you do for YOU this week to promote your personal health & wellness?

Of course, I know many of you are already on track and living consciously in a practice of daily wellness. We really want to hear how you’ve integrated wellness and a health culture into your daily routine and way of being. 

And for those of you who are more like me…willing, open, and trying but struggling to maintain balance and a consistent practice of self-care, I’d like to hear what you will do–and are doing right now, today, this week– to get to where you know you ought to be. 

I’ll be the first to say that I need to get consistent on a fitness/exercise routine. I eat pretty well, but exercise is virtually missing. I live a high-paced life with a tendency for high stress and I know that exercise could relieve a lot of this. Also, I know it is essential for my cardiovascular health which I must be very cognizant of at all times.

So I have committed to working out at least 1 time this week and walking 1-2 more days; doing this for 2 weeks, then graduating to a 2-day a week workout in addition to the walking. This is a start. 

What about you?


What Will it Take for Black Women to Get Healthy?

13 May
What Will it Take for Black Women to Get Healthy?
Lisa2As I approach the 3rd anniversary of my mother’s death on May 22, 2006, and the deaths of dozens of Black women near and dear to me over the course of my life, I contemplate this question daily…What will it take for Black Women to Get Healthy?The question deepens in seriousness as I contemplate the disparities that persist between Black women and other women that have now been well documented. Black women are more likely to die from a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, cancer, or to be obese in comparison to white women and other women. And women of color generally, regardless of ethnicity, are at greater risk of developing and dying from these conditions in comparison to our white female counterparts. Did I mention HIV & AIDS?We know this on no uncertain terms. Now what? How are we using this information and the experience of burying too many of our mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters and friends too early from largely preventable diseases? What will we do now to turn the tide for ourselves while we still have the time?

I will acknowledge that many of us are in good health and have adopted healthy behaviors like exercising regularly, cutting high fat and fried foods from our diet, drinking fewer sodas and more water, buying unprocessed foods and eating more raw fruits and veggies. In seeing this and practicing it myself (with MUCH room for improvement) I believe a new generation of Black women is quietly emerging–a health-centered, health conscious generation of sisters who are breaking the mold, who are getting up, getting out, and getting active in caring for their bodies, their minds, and their spirits. This gives me immense hope.

But more is needed, and change must be consistent over time if it is to aid in shifting us as individuals and as a group from a position of chronic illness and vulnerability to one of total wellness and longevity. I’m tired of reading about the disparities. It’s time to write a new story.

It’s time to overcome our reluctance to giving up old ways of eating, old ways of cooking, and old habits of working ourselves to death while taking little to no time to exercise our bodies. It’s time to stop carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders and on our waistlines–and to decide today that our health will be priority number 1. It’s time to stop making excuses.

So I ask you, as I ask myself, what will you do today, tomorrow, and every day moving foward to nurture your health? What will you give up and what will you add on to bring
your life into balance mind, body & spirit? How will you change your behavior
to in such a way that helps you maintain habits that result in good heart health, a healthy weight and fitness level, healthy eating habits, low-stress living, and ultimately, longevity?

What will you do as a Black woman to get healthy for life right now?