March 10 is Harriet Tubman Day and in honor of the iconic abolitionist, Girl Trek is encouraging women to get up and walk for 100 minutes in her honor. The nationwide nonprofit promotes community-based fitness, walking campaigns and other health events to help fight the health issues plaguing African-Americans.
Girl Trek offers the challenge of walking the CDC-recommended 30 minutes per day, five days a week and partners up with churches, schools and other community centers to motivate women to get up and get moving. Not only does the group train volunteers to help with the group's fitness goals, but their presence on social media also helps empower Black women to be proactive about their health.
"We are facing a health crisis. Black women are disproportionately affected by and dying from preventable diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Real talk. These diseases are obesity-related and 4 out of 5 of us are over a healthy weight," GirlTrek states. "But we need more than talk. We look to our history for inspiration. This obesity crisis ain't nothing compared to the road we've traveled. Things change when Black women walk together. Things changed when Harriet Tubman walked. Things changed when boycotters in Montgomery walked. When we walk. Things WILL change."
To participate in the "We Are Harriet Tribute" click here. The walking event is the kick-off to a larger challenge to walk 30 minutes daily for five days for eight weeks straight, which starts Monday.
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