We are a health and wellness nonprofit where Black mothers can have a safe-space to rest, come together and invest in their wellness. When we began walking together in the summer of 2020, it was during the the height of the pandemic and the racial unrest in our country. Although, most Americans were emotionally impacted by what was transpiring, Black mothers were particularly neglecting their health because we were overwhelmed with fear and anxiety for the safety of their children. We were also forced to have distressing conversations with our children about racism and safety. Although UBMA alone can’t change health and racial disparities that continue to haunt Black and Brown communities, we have chosen to take control of what we can change. We walk together as a community of mothers across the United States to strengthen our physical, emotional and social wellness.
Dr. Brittany Fuller, Interventional Cardiologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI recently spoke with UBMA about Heart Health. She recommends that walking a minimum of 30 minutes per day contributes to a healthier and longer life, lowering the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke. Additionally, The American Diabetes Association recommends walking to lower blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Diabetes are among the chronic health conditions that Black women statistically have higher mortality rates than any other group of U.S. women.
We have been walking together each month for almost three years; UBMA is asking you to “Walk With Us” through June 30th, to support UBMA and raise money to further our mission in championing self care, health and wellness for Black moms; while providing safe spaces for all mothers to learn, be heard and Be Well.
We are asking you to pledge $1/mile walked between March 1st – June 30th , so for example, if you’ve walked 50 miles, you’d pledge $50 to UBMA. We could not advocate for Black mothers’ health and wellness without your monetary support. Please know that no amount is too small. Your ongoing backing and support are both truly appreciated. We look forward to an amazing year of increasing wellness, building community and supporting the health of Black mothers. Support us here: https://unitedblackmothersofamerica.org/make-a-donation-today/
Your donations will help pay for:
- Providing access to wellness resources for women & mothers; we’ve created a Mother’s Fund that will provide necessities like sanitary napkins, diapers, toilet paper etc. to local SE Michigan mothers in need. As our movement expands, so will our reach.
- Creating safe spaces for moms to learn, be heard & be well. We remain committed to hosting monthly wellness walks and annual in-person and virtual health talks, that champion healthy habits and lifestyles.