The Beauty-n-Motion 5k Walk Run 4 Life Health, Beauty and Wellness Expo has picked up momentum as Los Angeles prepares for a day of education, speakers, demonstrations, vendors and of course the 5k fun walk or run. With the emphasis on the health issues of African American women and their families, it is no wonder celebrities and officials have joined the movement as Health Ambassadors.
The Beauty-n-Motion National Chair is Barbara A. Perkins, President of Sisters at the Well & Co-Founder of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI). The Los Angeles Chair is Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr., 9th District. The Co-Chair is Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, 8th District. In addition, Senator Holly Mitchell and Actress, Activist Sheryl Lee Ralph of The D.I.V.A .Foundation are official Health Ambassadors.
“Women are the health CEO of the family,” said Margo LaDrew, executive director of the Black BeautyShop Health Foundation. “Given that black women visit the salon an average of 2.5 times a month, the beauty shop is an ideal place to educate women and equip them with practical tools for improving their family’s health.”
Beauty-n-Motion 5k Walk Run is produced by Black BeautyShop Health Foundation, a National grassroots organization that seeks to train and provide ongoing support to participating salons, their clients and surrounding neighborhoods. The goal is to bridge the gap in health disparities within communities across the country.
The mission is to work with community stakeholders to empower Women of Color to take an active role in their total health by understanding and being responsive to their immediate health care needs through education, screenings and promoting healthy living strategies in Black owned beauty shops.
For the 5k walk run, salons, media, nonprofits and the communities in general have created teams:
Beauty-n-Motion 5k Walk Run 4 Life is possible due to Presenting Sponsors Toyota, LA Care and KJLH. Supporting sponsors are The California Endowment, CareMore, Blue Shield of CA , L.A Business Printing and other community organizations. Social Media Partners include: BlackNLA, the Loop 411, KRPR Media and Suite Events.
Beauty-n-Motion 5k Walk Run 4 Life takes place Sunday, June 12th, 2016 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA. This is the first stop of a 4 state tour. Other cities included are Atlanta, Georgia- August 27th; and Richmond, VA- October 22th, 2016 with 6 Cities slated for 2017.
For more information about The Black BeautyShop Health Foundation, Beauty-n-Black Wellness Tour and The Beauty-n-Motion 5k Walk Run 4 Life; or to register/join a team please visit http://bit.ly/BlackBeautyShopHealth and http://bit.ly/BlackBeautyNMotion
ABOUT THE BLACK BEAUTYSHOP HEALTH FOUNDATION:
The Black BeautyShop Health Foundation is a 501c3 organization established to empower African American women with knowledge to choose healthier lifestyles. At the heart of the Foundation is an appreciation for Black women’s interest in beauty and for the unique role beauty shops play in Black culture – as trusted places where women exchange information and set cultural norms, including those related to health behaviors. The Foundation produces a Beauty N Black Wellness Tour, Shopping 4 A Cause and will be publishing the Black BeautyShop Wellness Magazine (www.blackbeautyshop.org ), an online health and beauty resource. Nationally, the Foundation has worked with the American Diabetes Association and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.