‘GirlTrek’ Leads the Way in the Fight to Improve Black Women’s Health

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Members of GirlTrek in Los Angeles (photo courtesy of GirlTrek).
Black women suffer from preventable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers at higher rates than other groups, but a Washington D.C-based nonprofit is working to change that. GirlTrek isn’t a fitness organization; it’s a “holistic, health movement,” says Jewel Bush, a representative of the group. The movement began in 2010 with the goal of healing Black bodies, inspiring young women, and transforming communities.
Since then, the organization–fueled by the work and passion of a team of 20 Black women–has continued to combat the nation’s health crisis by encouraging “radical self care,” and motivating Black women to get active. Online calendars and nationwide events give over 170,000 Black women in 2,500 cities across the country to commit themselves to walking regularly, whether it be solo, or with a group. GirlTrek believes walking is the first step to leading a healthier lifestyle, and…

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