Health & Wellness is currently a trendy topic! You can’t log onto any social media platforms without being bombarded with posts about fitness routines, meal preps, and hashtags of self-care. At a high level, this is exciting to see, but in reality, it’s quite misleading. While the conversation around wellness has come to the forefront now more than ever, there is still a major disconnect when it comes to Black people and our health.
Research has shown that Black men in the United States suffer worse health than any other racial group in America, and four out of five Black women are overweight or obese and therefore more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. These conditions are all risk factors in the top 10 cause of death for Black men and women. When I see the facts laid out plainly like this, I am saddened and frustrated by the current state of Black wellness. I believe that because we know so many people who live with these fatal diseases, we’ve been desensitized to the severity and have unconsciously accepted them as commonplace in our lives.
These diseases should not be commonplace, and negative/bad stigmas should not be normalized within our culture. When you know better you do better, and at this point we have access to more than enough information to do our best! I am obviously speaking through the lens of wellness, but I acknowledge that there are many negative narratives associated with Black people/Black culture i.e. poor credit, lack of education, etc. etc., and I am over them all. I know so many people who are doing amazing things that are 100% counter to any of these stereotypes, but I also know that we still accept these things when they’re said. I charge you (and me) to consider the negative things that we’ve accepted as norms, and find ways to impact that area for the better. Your small changes will impact the people around you, which will impact the people around them, and so forth. We are in the middle of an important shift in our culture and it is our responsibility to ourselves, those before us, and those that will come, to improve everything that we can, while we can.
So, if you ever wonder where my passion stems from, here you have it. I am devoted to revamping the wellness space in an authentic way that provides exposure, access and support for us to have a “New Normal,” for the culture. #TheSpikedWay
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