The Price We Pay For Being


by Kimberly Seals Allers

Black women are notorious for being the eternal SuperWoman—we don our red cape and boots and go out there to save our respective worlds. We are the original den mothers and our historical legacy as matriarchs speaks to our infinite love, sense of community and innate ability to embrace others.

 But the same nurturing care that we so graciously extend to others, we very rarely give to ourselves. Somewhere in between taking care of house, career, kids, relationships and our civic responsibilities, we neglect ourselves. We neglect our health.

And there’s a price we pay for that. According to recent national data, mortality rates for African-American women are higher than any other racial/ethnic group for nearly every major cause of death including heart disease, lung cancer, cerebrovascular disease, breast cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Whatever life threatening condition there is, black women tend to have the highest incidences of it and the highest mortality rates from it.

Something has to change.

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In this Inaugural Issue of Healthy You Now:

  • Meet our contributing writers – Nikki Kimbrough (Fitness), Latham Thomas (Healthy Living), Tracye McQuirter (Nutrition), & Alexander Smalls (Recipes); 
  • Learn what Editor-In-Chief Tonya Lewis Lee has in store for readers;
  • Read about the A Healthy Baby Begins with You nationwide initiative;
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  • and hear more from our Guest Featured Writer Kimberly Seals Allers.

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