Black Women's Wellness Day is an annual health summit that aims to inform, inspire, and empower women and girls of African descent to build and sustain healthy, wellness-centered lives.
Founded by Lisa Peyton-Caire in 2008, Black Women's Wellness Day was first observed in Bowie, Maryland on Friday, May 22, 2009 in honor of Ms. Peyton-Caire's mother Roberta W. Peyton who succumbed to heart disease at the age of 64 on May 22, 2006.
Since that time, the event has brought hundreds of women of all ages into the movement to improve their health and wellness through a fun, entertaining, and information-packed experience where health advocates, medical professionals, wellness practitioners, and survivors come together to share life-saving, life-enhancing information, testimonies, and transformation stories.
Why a Wellness Day for Black Women?
Today, African American women account for roughly 7% of the U.S. population and 14% percent of the total population of women, yet are over-represented in all major categories of disease and illness, including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, obesity and reproductive disorders.
Black women are more likely than their white peers to die from heart disease, cancer, and stroke; to be obese or overweight, or to be diagnosed with HIV. We need not look far within our families or to read local, state, and national reports to conclude that the health of African American women is in a state of duress.
Though we are encouraged by the promising trend of more and more Black women choosing to consciously lead healthier lifestyles--a trend we must celebrate and replicate--we cannot close our eyes to the dire need to move Black women en-masse and across the age spectrum from a place of survival and coping to one of thriving--mind, body and spirit.
We will create a world where Black women and girls live long, healthy, happy, thriving lives unhampered by preventable illnesses and characterized by strong bodies, stable minds, fulfilled spirits, and dreams realized.
Let's make it happen TOGETHER!