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"Walking In the Light" Walkathon

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American International College

1000 State Street

Springfield, MA 01109

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Bringing women and girls of color in our community together to promote health and fitness to show that we are more than statistics.

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“A Better Me: Motivational Sisterhood”, is a nonprofit organization in Springfield, Massachusetts, geared towards motivating women spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our mission is to make Christ the center of our lives as we work on a “better me” in all areas of our lives that may help us to be better mothers, wives, and the many other roles that we may carry.

This walk is to promote the physical component of our mission and that is to be active by exercising at your own pace and in your own capacity. The black community's obesity crisis is a symbol of just how at-risk this segment of the population is. “The vast majority of African-American adult women are either overweight or obese,” Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center.

Around 7.6 percent of black women have heart disease, compared to 5.8 percent of white women and 5.6 percent of Mexican American women, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2011-2013. In 2016, around 46 of every 100,000 black women died from strokes, while 35 of every 100,000 white women did. And while white women's diabetes diagnosis rate is 5.4 per 100, that number is 9.9 per 100 for black women, according to CDC data from 1980-2014—almost double.

IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE!

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