SisterSpeak Online Magazine to Host 2nd Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day

18 Apr

BWWDay 2010

Bowie, Maryland- April 2, 2010 – SisterSpeak Online Magazine is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day to be held on Saturday, May 22, 2010, 11:30am-5:00pm at Largo Community Church in Mitchellville, MD.

Following on the heels of last year’s outstanding debut, Black Women’s Wellness Day 2010 will feature dynamic speakers and presentations intended to enlighten, inspire, and motivate attendees to build healthier lifestyles and to stop the cycle of chronic disease that plagues the lives of so many Black women.

This year’s theme, Wellness Is Our Birthright, conveys the core belief of Founder Lisa Peyton-Caire who wants women to fully embrace wellness and well-being as a way of life. “We were born with the basic building blocks for wellness, self-healing, and longevity and its time that we reclaim these gifts by educating ourselves and making a commitment to choose life.”

Peyton-Caire conceived Black Women’s Wellness Day in 2008 following the untimely death of her mother Roberta W. Peyton on May 22, 2006 from congestive heart failure at the age of 64, sixteen years after experiencing a heart attack at age 48.

“My mother was vibrant, beautiful, full of life, and the center of our family. Her life was cut short by a preventable disease that quietly takes the lives of women every day, including those of my paternal aunts, Lois Peyton Alston, Barbara Peyton Jones, and Marguerite Peyton Green. I could name dozens more, and sadly, each of us knows a woman who is struggling with or has succumbed to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or other ailments. We owe it to them, to ourselves, and to future generations to do all we can to stop this cycle and replace it with a legacy of wellness and longevity”.

Last year’s event, hosted at the Bowie Public Library, featured dynamic speakers and panelists who addressed a range of topics to promote awareness and provide practical solutions for daily living including heart disease prevention, spiritual and mental health, natural cleansing and colon hydrotherapy, fitness, Yoga, Reiki and the healing arts, and more. This year’s roster of speakers will continue the conversation on critical health issues disproportionately impacting the lives of Black women, while infusing fun, laughter, fellowship, a fitness demonstration, and great giveaways, a popular feature of the event. For speaker and agenda updates, visit http://bwwday2010.eventbrite.com or www.sisterspeakonline.wordpress.com .

For ticket information and to register, visit http://bwwday2010.eventbrite.com. Sponsor opportunities are available.

Contact:

Lisa Peyton-Caire, Lisa@sisterspeakonline.com

Reflecting on Black Women’s Wellness Day 2009

18 Apr

Lisa at podium at Black Women's Wellness Day 2009

Black Women's Wellness Day Founder Lisa Peyton-Caire at 1st Annual BWWDay

Greetings friends!

As you know, Black Women’s Health is an issue near and dear to my heart, and on May 22, 2008, I officially declared the date as BLACK WOMEN’S WELLNESS DAY (BWWDay) in honor of my late mother Roberta W. Peyton who passed away on that same day in 2006. I’ve shared her story many times and in many places, and was extremely proud to host the First Annual observance of BWWDay on Friday, May 22, 2009 in her honor. It was a wonderful, inspired occasion attended by a number of fabulous women who laughed, learned and shared along with me, making the occasion memorable and meaningful for us all!

The day was blessed by the support and participation of a number of dynamic, gifted and knowledgeable speakers representing different interests in the health and wellness arena. These fabulous women spoke on issues impacting the lives of Black women like heart disease and prevention, mental and spiritual health, fitness, yoga and reiki and other healing arts, colon hydrotherapy and digestive health, and much more! We left the day refreshed, recharged, and committed to take hold of our health, mind-body-spirit, with a new vigor. It was great!

Take a moment to browse just a few of the photos from the day, and be sure to join us for the 2nd Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day on Saturday, May 22, 2010! See details and register at http://bwwday2010.eventbrite.com .

BWWDay 2009

BWWDay 2009

BWWDay Guests

BWWDay 2009 Guests

BWWDay Guests

BWWDay Guests Participate in Discussion

BWWDay Guests Participate in Group Yoga demo

BWWDay 2009 Guests Participate in Group Yoga demo

Yoga Instructor Dana Smith Rogers

Yoga Instructor Dana Smith Rogers, Owner, Spiritual Essence Yoga, leads Yoga Demonstration

Success Coach Denise Hart

Success Coach Denise Hart , aka 'Motivation Mama, Breast Cancer Survivor, and Owner of Words to Live By Tees, addresses the crowd.

Lisa and Guests

Lisa Peyton-Caire with guests and Colon Hydrotherapist and Naturopathic Practitioner Romunda Ings (far right)

Lisa & Panel

Lisa and Panel of Speakers (from far left): Denise Hart, Success Coach; Ansa Tyus, Spiritual Life Coach; Melanie Kelly, Fitness Instructor and Founder of Creative Praise International; Tracee Robinson, Reiki Practitioner & Dance Therapist; Romunda Ings, Owner, Ma'Neats Holistic Therapy; Dana Smith Rogers, Owner, Spiritual Essence Yoga

Time for Giveaways

A lucky guest wins a giveaway!

Another lucky guest wins a giveaway!

Another lucky guest wins a giveaway!

Guest wins a giveaway

And yet another lucky giveaway!

BWWDay 2009 Guests Take the Wellness Pledge

BWWDay 2009 Guests Take the Wellness Pledge

It’s Been Too Long!

18 Apr

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Greetings Friends!

It’s been too long since we’ve talked!

Life has a funny way of taking you off into directions you can’t foresee, and for me, the past year has been full of unexpected twists, turns, challenges, and a few sobering revelations. Like many of you and my family, friends, and colleagues, we’ve all been impacted in one way or another in our careers or businesses by the economic downturn. Folks have been out of work, taking jobs they never thought they would to stay afloat, and others, especially we small, independent entrepreneurs, scraping and maneuvering to keep our ventures alive.

And so I stand here today happy to say that I am glad to be here, still among the living, and still plugging away with many options and opportunities ahead to continue on the path of building my vision despite the challenges of the past year.  I feel an upswing building, and hope you’re gearing up as I am to take advantage of it!

Lisa

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

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

13 May

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Lisa2Ladies:

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?

Lisa

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?

Lisa

Iyanla Vanzant Urges us to ‘Check Our Vision’

22 Aug

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Friends:

 

the principle of truth is heavy on my heart and mind these days, and I’m engulfed in the process of self-assessment, self-reflection, and of clearing out and clearing the way…for something greater, though I am not certain exactly what as of this moment. I suppose it comes with the territory of approaching 40 in a few years, and reflecting on the life I’ve lived up to this point. As I continue to mature and evolve, I feel compelled to live nothing short of a fully authentic, peaceful, and purpose-centered life…nothing else.  

So when I came across this message from Iyanla Vanzant this morning, it spoke to me in a special way. I’ve decided to share it with in the event you take something away from it. Here goes…

Be blessed, and check your vision today.

Lisa