Your life experience can light a fire or motivation in your participants. Unlike celebrity spokespeople on TV, you are a live, flawed, flesh and bone person just like them. The power of your personal story is more relatable and inspiring than you can imagine. Your story is as helpful as any information they may glean from the participants notebook. You are the magic. By sharing your story, and inviting others to do the same, you will help them discover their innate ability to self-heal.
I am the granddaughter of former slaves on both sides of my family. They had no education and no one offered to ‘help’ them navigate life as ‘free’ people. Ignorant and afraid, they succumbed to life as sharecroppers; paying their captors for the privilege to work as free labor. My grandmother, Odessia Champ, had “the sugar,” which we now call diabetes. She received no care beyond diagnosis and eventually died from related complications as her children watched helpless and afraid. Her older children followed suit as type 2 diabetes took over, reeling out of control. Like their mother, they died of diabetes-related diseases and conditions.
My Mom, Odessia’s 6th child of 7, intellectually knew everything she needed to know to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. She was a trained nurse and provided loving care to thousands of patients, educating families about how to live well and prevent illness. Unaware of the power of her own thoughts, my mother’s personal mantra became, “I’m a sitting duck. I know I’m going to have diabetes.” And so it was. In her late 60’s, Mom successfully manifested type 2 diabetes. My father also has type 2 diabetes.
Children either mimic the traits of their parents, or they fight with all their might to do the opposite – rejecting those traits we wish to abandon. My family’s history of diabetes is the spark that ignited my choice to become a healer and wellness educator. My parents modeled how to be diabetic. All five of their children have chosen a different path. Ranging in age from 53 to 60, we are diabetes-free! We make wise food choices and engage in various levels of physical activity. My involvement in Change your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. is a response to a Divine assignment to change the health history of my family and community, while empowering others to do the same. This is my story.
You are not here by accident. What life events prepared you to be a Lifestyle Coach? What is your connection to diabetes and why is it important to help others prevent this deadly disease? Share your story with your participants. Telling your story will help others heal. It will strengthen your voice and reaffirm your values. Sharing your story has the potential to encourage others to pursue peace and hope, which opens the heart to transformation and lays a foundation for successful and lasting lifestyle change.
The Empowered Lifestyle Coach is written by Rhonda Kuykendall-Jabari for the training & development of BWWLA Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. Lifestyle Coaches. For information about National Diabetes Prevention Program classes & Lifestyle Coaching opportunities at BWWLA, contact Rhonda at (323) 290-5955.
Too Heavy a Load celebrates this century’s rich history of black women defending themselves, from Ida B. Wells to Anita Hill. Although most prominently a history of the century-long struggle against racism and male chauvinism, Deborah Gray White also movingly illuminates black women’s painful struggle to hold their racial and gender identities intact while feeling the inexorable pull of the agendas of white women and black men.
In the tradition of towering biographies that tell us as much about America as they do about their subject, Ida: A Sword Among Lions is a sweeping narrative about a country and a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching: a practice that imperiled not only the lives of black men and women, but also a nation based on law and riven by race.
Who What When Where Why, These are just a few of the questions asked and answered in this book. It’s a book that people should refer to often. The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement 1830 – 1970, by Lynne Olson.
Septima Clark just look at her life and the quite impact she had.
In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment.
“If Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin had only gathered together a distinguished group of scholars to document the role woman played in the black freedom movement, their contribution would be immense. But Sisters in the Struggle is more than an acknowledgement and celebration of black woman’s activism. It is a major revision of history, revealing that black women were the critical thinkers, strategists, fighters, and dreamers of the movement. Black feminists developed a social vision expansive enough to emancipate us all.” – Robin D.G. Kelley,author of Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class
Black Women for Wellness | Sisters in Motion | Kitchen Divas Program
Urban Chefs Academy is a after-school, year-long curriculum, youth food club that teaches nutrition and health through food preparation, education, awareness and policy. Providing an in-depth look at our attitudes and practices, food culture and access to food, Urban Chefs Academy creates youth leaders and advocates who will positively impact the health of our families and communities. Topics will include:
Urban Chefs Academy began implementation on Dec 1, 2015 at 4 locations:
Funding is via a contract with Community Health Council (Center for Disease Control & Prevention/Beyond the Bell projects).
Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by seeing the film Selma and supporting black filmmakers and actors.
Black Women for Wellness along with other organizations is taking a selected group of high school students to view the film on Martin Luther King’s birthday, January 19th.
Selma is a 2014 American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb and Ava DuVernay. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC. The film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as James Bevel, Tim Roth as George Wallace, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King.
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 + Xtreme
4020 Marlton Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Pacific The Grove Stadium 14
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
6360 W. Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
Following the no-indictment verdict, the killing of Tamir Rice and the countless other young black folks we have lost to institutional state violence in recent times, Black Women for Wellness has dedicated our next Sisters@Eight to discuss emotions, and solutions around black lives. Please join us for this important conversation.
To RSVP, please call Greg at 323-290-5955 or RSVP via Facebook
Date and Time: December 12, 2014, 8:30am
Location: DWP, 4030 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90008
Interested in making some change in our South Los Angeles community by becoming a youth activist and educator for sexual and reproductive health?
Come Saturday, December 13th from 10 – 12 pm at 700 Exposition Park Drive to learn more about the program.
Food will be provided.
What you can look forward to?
A space where youth come together to hang out with friends and meet other young people in South Los Angeles as they learn about reproductive justice and think of creative ways to have their voices heard as advocates, community educators and activists.
Metro Tap cards will be available for participants who decide to participate in the YAC and travel can be reimbursed.
For any young people that help with promoting the orientation by spreading the word through social media will be entered into a raffle for a $25 gift certificate. To be considered for the raffle you must either tag Black Women for Wellness on Facebook or BWWLA on instagram. State why you will be there and what this program means to you.
For any questions / to RSVP you can contact Krissy directly by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by call/text at 323.484.5975
In addition to financial contributions, this holiday season we are seeking a variety of items and services to help support our organization. Please note that we are looking for gently-used items that are still in good working condition.
Supplies, Technology & Tools
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