In the state of Kansas, 4 out of 5 African-American women are either overweight or obese and are more at risk for heart disease than any other major ethnic group in the U.S.
Black Butterflyz, a Topeka-based health and wellness organization, is working to change these numbers.
“With Black Butterflyz, we want to make sure people understand that health looks different on everybody,” said Chris Omni, Black Butterflyz founder. “That it’s not about being a certain size. It’s about being active.”
Supported through a Kansas Health Foundation Impact and Capacity Grant, Omni’s group looks to improve the health of black women in northeast Kansas through the Makin’ Moves fitness program.
“Our hope is that communities all over the nation will see what black women are capable of doing here in the capitol of Kansas,” Omni said.
To learn more about this program, please view the video above.
And, if your organization is interested in applying for a KHF Impact and Capacity Grant, click here.
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