SETTING PACE—Rev. Linda Williams-Moore moderates and kicks off the Health Awareness Symposium.
Jefferies and Moore cited rising medical statistics as the reason for the symposium.
Research has shown that African-American women rank highest in many serious, life-threatening diseases. Both Jefferies and Moore said 47.3 percent of African-American women over the age of 20 have cardiovascular disease; 33 percent are the reported new cases for women having breast cancer and yet 20 percent of African-Americans have no health insurance. As alarming as those statistics are, this effort is geared to educate and empower women with some very real, achievable changes that they can add to their daily routine. These changes will add quality and length to women’s lives.
Moore said the symposium left all who attended and participated excited and ready to change their lives from the inside out.
“The symposium was very successful because of the expertise and personal stories of the panelists. It left us excited about reclaiming our health and establishing the next steps to pass on this movement in African-American women and their families,” Moore said.
A follow-up event to the “Take it Back” symposium is being put together for early August and a conference/cruise is slated for October.
“This is just the beginning. We intend to keep the movement moving,” Jefferies said.
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