aawhl-at-brickhouseA trend of unhealthy lifestyles has swept across the United States.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 10.8% of American women had diabetes and 35.8% were overweight.  However, local organizations such as the African American Women’s Healthy Legacy (AAWHL) strive to spread information and opportunities for healthy lifestyles.  On July 9th, 16th, and 23rd, from 10am-12pm at the Oak Park Community Center, the AAWHL will hold free Healthy Eating Classes to promote healthy lifestyles for women and girls.

The AAWHL is a non-profit organization founded by three women devoted to the spread of healthy lifestyles for future generations of women.  They hope to “empower African American women to better protect their families by training the next generation, our daughters, to make wise eating decisions that will help the family.” (aawhl.com)

The Healthy Eating Classes will provide information on affordable ways to eat healthy, food stamp assistance, sugary drinks, healthy food preparation, exercise, and food shopping.

“In general, we know that there is an obesity crisis in this country, and the more folks we can have addressing that, the better. The more localized these types of trainings are, the deeper of an impact [they] can potentially have. The more role models we have in our own communities that are demonstrating healthy living and showing folks how to make it simple and make it practical, the better,” says Amber Scott, Founding Executive Director of the California Food Literacy Center.

For more information on the AAWHL, visit their website or Facebook page.  For more information about the Healthy Eating Classes, contact Sharon Chandler (916.230.1631) or Toni Colley Perry (916.519.9189).

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