On March 10th and 11th 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC members were out in force at the NBC 4 Health & Fitness Expo. Tens of thousands of people visited the Washington Convention Center for sports, exercise, health screenings and much more.
Led by Health & Wellness Committee Chairman, Jesse Parker, the 100-booth provided information on a wide range of issues relevant to African Americans, including lifestyle choices that can ensure the healthy development of youth, as well as adults.
This year the 100 partnered with sought after fitness consultant and registered clinical physiologist, Yusef Battle from The Fit Solution. Mr. Battle shared important information on innovative fitness and obesity prevention strategies and demonstrated quick and easy exercises that anyone can do to start or continue a healthy lifestyle.
Health and Wellness is a vital component of a thriving community. The purpose of the 100’s Health & Wellness programs is to raise awareness levels concerning healthcare issues affecting the African American community, in particular, African American youth. To increase its reach, the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC partners with various organizations to promote a variety of health and wellness issues such as health screenings, drug and HIV/AIDS prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, and diabetes and prostate cancer awareness.
100 Health & Wellness Programs
The 100’s Health & Wellness initiatives are part of our “Four For The Future” programs, which represent the four areas in which the 100 delivers its core programmatic initiatives. These programs are designed to inspire youth, families and members from the communities in which they live to develop self-reliance, to achieve immediate and long-term goals and to strive for excellence in the following areas:
Mentoring, Education, Economic Development, and Health & Wellness
One of our signature Health & Wellness initiatives is The Youth Movement, which targets middle school and high school students across Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The 6-8-week training program focuses on proper nutrition and fitness, with the objectives of pushing students towards a healthier lifestyle and starting early to instill healthy practices that last throughout life. One of the kid’s favorite parts of the program is having a chef on-hand to prepare healthy dishes and teaching them simple healthy dishes they can prepare at home themselves. The Youth Movement also helps schools establish youth track teams and invites them to the 100’s annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet & Health Fair.
The Youth Movement is currently working with several schools in the Friendship Charter School family – Friendship Armstrong Elementary, Friendship Woodbridge International Elementary & Middle School, Friendship SE Elementary, and Friendship Technology Preparatory Middle School. The program also works with Whittier Public School.
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