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Stronger Tomorrow: Wellness for Women of Color
Dr. Christine Thorpe (City Tech/CUNY) and Dr. Lesley Rennis (BMCC/CUNY) will co-host the Stronger Tomorrow: Wellness for Women of Color at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Richard Harris Terrace, 199 Chambers Street, Manhattan, on Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free for CUNY participants and $10 for non-CUNY participants.
Stronger Tomorrow will bring together thought leaders engaging women of color in wellness activities to discuss and shape the direction of the wellness movement currently occurring in this segment of the American population. Research shows that women of color, specifically African-American women, Latinas, and South Asian women, are disproportionately living with and dying from preventable chronic illness. This forum will bring attention to the activities and organizations that are targeting this population and change the face of what it means to be fit and well.
Faith Hunter (http://faithhunter.com/faith/), fitness/health expert, is the keynote speaker. Faith is a yoga instructor, global traveler, and “lifestylist”, sprinkled with a dash of Louisiana charm. She is the creator of Spiritually Fly™, a philosophy that celebrates every moment of life, and uses yoga’s tools of sound both chanting and music, breath, and movement, in a fresh and modern way to encourage students to embrace their unique flow in life – on and off the mat. Her passionate and free-spirited teaching style is influenced by her study in Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Kundalini. Faith blends classic yogic principles and real world personal experiences into an integrated flow that is grounded and Spiritually Fly™.
Based in Washington DC and New York City, Faith has taught yoga at the White House great lawn, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, and the White House Easter Egg Roll. She tours internationally, teaching yoga workshops, leading teacher trainings, and educating audiences at wellness events. Faith has graced the covers of Yoga Journal (twice), Om Yoga & Lifestyle (UK-based), Origin Magazine, and Sweat Equity. She has also appeared in Essence, Black Enterprise, Washington Post, Women’s Health, among several other publications and blogs.
Other presentations at Stronger Tomorrow include a panel discussion with representatives from various women’s fitness groups (GirlTrek, Harlem Run, Latinas in Motion, Sarina Jain, and more), and a sample of fitness activities.
This event will impact the larger community by demonstrating a collaborative interest and need to address the health issues impacting women of color. Participants are encouraged to wear fitness attire.