In an inspiring segment on Beliefnet.com, it says, “Martin Luther King Jr., was a father, a husband, a reverend, a civil rights leader, and a resilient man with a clear vision to end segregation in America during the 1950s. On Monday, January 18, we honor a revolutionary man who courageously worked to achieve his dream of creating equality between all men and women. ”
We have achieved much thanks to Dr. King’s efforts in terms of “creating equality between all men and women”, but there is still a wide gap in health between African Americans and European Americans. Here are some excerpts from an article on the Provider’s Guide website:
- In the US, 38% of African-American adults are hypertensive, compared to 29% of European Americans.
- African Americans have a higher incidence of hypertension, sickle cell anemia, and diabetes than the majority population.
- The combined overweight and obesity rates for African Americans are higher than for European Americans; 65% of African-American men and 56.5% of African-American women are overweight or obese, compared to 61% of European-American men and 49.2% of European-American women.
- The cardiovascular disease (CVD) death rate for African-American men and women far exceeds the rate for the majority population and for other ethnic groups.
To read the rest of the statistics, click here. If any of these numbers moves you to action, then why not step up and start making a difference the way that Dr. King did.
As a Team Beachbody Coach, I work tirelessly everyday preaching the gospel of fitness. If you are African American, why not crusade for “health equality” for all men and women and become a Team Beachbody Coach like me. You can learn more about me by clicking here and if you are moved to action, you can sign up as a coach from the same page.