December 2018

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Health Capsule

Inspire Others to Move More and Eat Better

More than two of every three adults carry excess weight. Overweight and obesity increase the risk of diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and other health problems. Communities across the country need help.

Some black women have a high risk of being overweight. The “Sisters Together” program was developed by NIH and other experts, along with black women in the Boston area who volunteered to help. The program encourages black women to get physically active and make healthy food choices so they can reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Anybody can start a local program—even you! The step-by-step guide will show you how.

You’ll find lots of ideas and tips. The guide includes examples of activities that have worked for other community program leaders. Sample fliers, fact sheets, emails, and messages for social media are all included.

Although the program was tailored for black women, others can also benefit from these messages about physical activity and healthy eating.