BWW loves women and girls. We love our community. That is why we educate, empower and advocate.
BWW has programs to encourage health, nutrition and lifestyle change called Kitchen Divas, Urban Chefs Academy and Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Here are our love stories.
Laura was scared when she learned she was at risk for type 2 diabetes. She has two young children to live for and who she loves very much. She committed to the Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. National Diabetes Prevention Program, faithfully following the lessons each week. She changed her diet which includes veggie smoothies every morning. She also got active. She joined a Zumba class and a running program among other physical activities added to her daily routine. She is determined to be a positive example to her daughter and son. Her hard work paid off and she lost over 40 pounds. She’s feeling and looking good. Not even six months after she started Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. her doctor informed her that she was no longer pre-diabetic. This is great news for Laura and her family!
Mike was challenged with regulating healthy food intake. Though he walked for at least 30-40 minutes daily, he did not lose weight because he often visited and enjoyed meals with his elderly parents (both diagnosed with diabetes) who did lots of frying and used high calorie condiments. In the past, this participant tried to speak with his parents about cooking healthier meals and they felt cooking healthier would mean sacrificing taste.
After joining the Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. National Diabetes Prevention Program and sharing weekly stories with his parents, Mike noticed their shift toward healthier cooking and eating. Because they love him and to support his efforts, his parents now bake meats more often and often replace potato salad and macaroni and cheese with green beans, greens and salads resulting in meals with fewer fat grams. Mike now consistently averages a loss of 1 lb. per week and his parents are doing a better job of managing their own diabetes by selecting foods and condiments that are lower in fat. Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. is contributing to a healthy change in the culture of this family who love each other.
Donyale loves her family and friends. But she knows people who are living with diabetes or have died because of complications from diabetes. The weight that she gained over the last few years motivated her to join the Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. National Diabetes Prevention Program. So she was looking for a way to live a healthier life. She knew about eating a healthier way and exercising, so when she joined the class, she was looking to hear from others and get tips about how to be healthier. The stories that came up and the work sessions during each class have been helpful. For Donyale, having it as part of her daily routine and being able to have this at work presented a perfect opportunity to change her health. NDPP has been very helpful and life changing.
Vincent loves to eat meat. Vegetables, not so much. But he knew that his health and quality of life was important and he needed to make a change. He loved himself enough to join Kitchen Divas even with reservations. Each week the chef would present a new vegetable to try and he would protest, “I don’t eat that!” But throughout the interactive class, the chef would encourage him to participate in preparing the food and taste test as he learned the recipe. By time the recipe was complete, Vincent would eagerly eat his share of the meal full of vegetables and fruits. After two years in the class, Vincent still protests when introduced to a new recipe but we know that he has (not-so) secretly learned to love vegetables!
Why We Spread Love
Black women, girls and babies still have the highest rates of death and illness from heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancers. To fight against and change the health disparities that plague our community, we need everyone to make the difficult choices and the not-so-easy steps to lifestyle change, institutional change and societal change. Change is not easy. It requires strength, resilience and lots and lots of love. But as a community, as families, as a team, we can do it. Because not only do #BlackLivesMatter but we need everyone to love and cherish Black lives.
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