Over the past few years, the mainstream media seemed to focus its attention on the plight of black women. If you listened to the Washington Post, for instance, you’d think we were all fat and happy, hopelessly single, dying of every disease in the book, and should break our necks to snag a white man because, after all, they are the answer.

Thankfully, many of us know not to buy into the hype. And while black women are indeed facing a host of challenges, instead of throwing ourselves a pity party, many of us are springing into action to help our sisters out.

Inspired by Harriet Tubman’s model of change, Vanessa Garrison and Tanya Morgan Dixon of  GirlTrek is filling a need. Because all Americans are increasingly becoming overweight and living unhealthy lives, GirlTrek’s mission is to model healthy living for women and girls.

The website explains:

GirlTrek seeks to become a powerful, grassroots network of active women who model healthy living by changing their habits and family traditions. Together, we will advocate for healthier African American communities and inform health policy conversations at local and national levels. GirlTrek puts the put the “move” back in movement.

Through a three-pronged approach of walking, service, and discovery, GirlTrek aims to promote healthy living, sisterhood, and giving back to our communities.

Now that’s a movement I can get behind!

Learn more about GirlTrek on their website and find out how you can become involved. 

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