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Black Girls Run’ Act As Ambassadors For Exercise

Above: Members of Black Girls Run, San Diego Chapter after a run at Liberty Station.

Aired 2/15/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Lakeysha Sowunmi, Coordinator African American Campaign for Network for a Healthy California

Stephanie Tomlinson, member and ambassador for Black Girls Run San Diego

Transcript

Last year during Black History month, we told you about a new cookbook which turned traditional soul food recipes into healthy eating. It was promoted by a San Diego women who wanted to change the health habits of African-Americans and turn around some very bad health statistics. The Centers for Disease Control says African-Americans have rates of hypertension, diabetes, and obesity much higher than other American populations.

This year, the same guest returns with a mission to get black women into exercise. And to explain why working out has extra challenges for African American women.

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