Founded in 2010 and based in Washington, DC, GirlTrek is a groundbreaking national 501 (c)(3) non-profit with a simple message of healthy, active living. As you know, Black women are disproportionately affected by and dying from preventable diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These diseases are obesity-related and 4 out of 5 of us are over a healthy weight. Among women, Black women have the shortest life expectancy, living 3.5 years less than the national average. Since its inception, GirlTrek has led national walking campaigns and trained local volunteers to lead “walking revolutions” in their neighborhoods. The organization is quickly becoming a leader in community-based health solutions.
Last year, over 10,000 Black women and girls (“Trekkers”) walked with GirlTrek. This year, to commemorate 100 years since the passing of Harriet Tubman, GirlTrek is holding a “moving tribute” on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in cities across the nation. On that day, close to 20,000 Trekkers will walk in solidarity for 100 minutes in Harriet Tubman’s honor. This event will mark the beginning of an 8-week commitment to live healthier, more active lives by walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week. If Harriet Tubman could walk to freedom, we can walk to better health!
It costs you absolutely nothing to join in this movement. Just a commitment to walk! To learn more and register, please visit www.girltrek.org.
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