Over the past couple of years I’ve read and heard startling statistics on women of color and heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women of color. In the past, when I’d hear about heart disease I thought that was a disease that was prevalent among white men. It wasn’t until I heard about the Go Red for Women campaign by the American Heart Association that my interest was sparked and my ignorance cleared away. Heart disease in communities of color is formidable. And while some of the causes are hereditary, a number of the causes are causes that are within our control.
*high blood cholesterol
*high blood pressure
*excessive alcohol use
*high triglyceride levels
*responses to stress
These are all under our control. Heart disease is NOT inevitable. It is not something that we have to succumb to.
In my research, I found one thing that is a common cause in all of the causes of heart disease – INACTIVITY. Exercise can lessen the threat that all of the causes of heart disease have on our lives. Walking is one of the most effective forms of exercise. It can be easily adopted by almost everyone. It helps a person lose weight and overcome obesity. It makes the heart strong. It reduces high cholesterol and reduces the incidence of heart attack and stroke It strengthens the immune system. It promotes sleep and fights insomnia. It improves mental acuity and enables a healthy response to stress. It helps fight depression and anxiety.
ARE YOU CONVINCED??? I WAS!!!
I began a daily regimen of walking last August because I was CONVINCED. I needed (and still do) to lose weight but I also wanted to take my life into my own hands. I didn’t want to wait on my doctor to tell me that I had to stop eating x and start taking x medication in order to sustain my life.
Leslie Sansone became my walking partner. I’ve been using her off and on for years. I made a commitment to use her consistently. Since then, I feel great! I look great (if I do say so myself)! I am at peace with myself. My body is stronger and my commitment to my well-being has increased.
The next steps … share this with my friends! Share this with whoever would listen (and make some friends in the process)!
Hence, The Walk AWAY Transformation Circle.
On June 19, in a gymnasium in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn some 20+ women of color got together to walk away from living life by default and allowing heart disease to creep into their live to living intentionally by taking small stride to reduce their risks. We made a choice to walk away from whatever kept us from being a complete woman. Some of us served walking papers to destructive relationships, poor eating habits, procrastination, destructive responses to stress, being too busy, anger, fear … And then we chose to walk towards whatever we thought would bring us closer to our true selves. We walked towards healthier eating habits, healthier relationships, making plans to succeed, fellowshipping with positive women, exercising, reading inspirational material, returning to school …
Speaking these words in the community of women was affirming and encouraging. It propelled us to make strides. However, the work was not done. I believe that lasting transformation takes place within the community. I encouraged each woman to partner with another so that she’d continue to feel the encouragement and affirmation.
This was a day of transformation!
This was a day women made intentional strides towards their true selves!
I was encouraged by their courage to change; trust in me and the process;
and the endless possibility that lies within their futures!
Stay tuned because this change will spread and infect every women that chooses to listen…
Watch out heart disease,
State of Bliss & the Women of the Walk AWAY Transformation Circle
Are serving you … Walking Papers!!!
Peace and … Bliss,
Restorer of Peace
Who is the Restorer of Peace?
I have worked in field Women's Holistic Wellness for over 15 years and I specialize in coaching women to spiritual and emotional wholeness. I conduct Wellness Workshops, Transformative One-on-One Coaching, Sister Circles, Sister Sweats, Fitness Activities and an upcoming training on "Dismantling the Myth of the Strong Black Woman". I am committed to equipping women with the truth of who they are and empowering them to act on that knowledge.