Friday, February 25, 2022

Feel Good Friday - Black Women for Wellness

Today is the last Feel Good Friday during Black History Month, and Women’s History Month is just around the corner. What a perfect day to talk about Black Women for Wellness. 

Founded in 1997 and based in Los Angeles, California, Black Women for Wellness (BWW) is an organization that is “committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment and advocacy.” What began as a group of women concerned about the health and well-being of their babies has grown into an organization with a variety of health and wellness programs.
At the root of all BWW’s work is the belief that “we have the solutions, resources and responsibility to create the shifts and change needed to impact our health status. Each of us must develop our personal power, hold accountable and support acknowledged leadership, and most importantly, contribute to our survival and growth as a community.”
BWW programs that help the community fall into five major categories:
  • Sisters in Motion – is a program with goals to decrease the incidents of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity through education, lifestyle change, prevention and physical activity.
  • Sisters with Options – includes strategies for women to advocate for themselves when seeking quality health services. Specific programs here address mental health and colorectal cancer.
  • Sisters @ Eight – is a community forum for education and engagement held on the 2nd Friday of every month.
  • Daughters and Sons of Technology – promotes educational and career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for people of color, especially women and girls.
There are also programs focused on environmental justice information and resources on COVID-19, and weekly events such as cooking demonstrations, interactive discussions and community outreach.
If you’d like to support Black Women for Wellness, there are many ways to do so. Become a member, make a donation and amplify their work on social media. Like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @BW4WLA and Instagram @bw4wla.

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