We are lacing up our sneakers and pledging to walk every day for a min of 30 minutes per day for UBMA’s Walk-a-Thon. We are excited to walk for UBMA not only to champion our health, but also because this event raises money for UBMA and our mission to support the wellness of Black mothers across the U.S., so they can live longer and healthier lives.
When we began walking together in the summer of 2020, it was during the the height of the global health 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 and wellness because they were overwhelmed with fear and anxiety for the safety of their children. They were also forced to have distressing conversations with their children about racism and safety. Although UBMA alone can’t change health and racial disparities that continue to haunt Black and Brown communities, we instead chose to take control of what we could change. We began walking 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 once a month for almost two years; UBMA is asking you to Walk With Black Mothers beginning February 27th through April 10th in an effort to support UBMA and raise money to further our efforts in protecting the health of Black mothers. We could not advocate for Black mothers’ 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 protecting the health of Black mothers.
Our goal: we are walking to raise $10,000 to support UBMA. Please click here to pledge to Walk With Black Mothers and participate in our Walk-A-Thon -OR- click here to make a direct donation on our website. *FOR ANYONE WHO DONATES A MIN OF $100, YOU WILL RECEIVE A UBMA T-SHIRT & SOY CANDLE (while supplies last).
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement! #HealthierTogether