Study: Black Women Expected to Live Longer
According to a report by the CDC, though the life expectancy of black men, Caucasian men and women have dropped, the black woman’s life expectancy is on the rise.
Linda Goler Blount, president and chief executive of Black Women’s Health Imperative, stated, “What we are seeing is that the message about the importance of health is getting through to black women. The data show that the majority of us know that we need to improve and are working on it. We also understand the importance of having a positive attitude. When black women are asked to define what good health means, we say things such as ‘being calm’ or ‘being at peace.’ We don’t use diseases to define it. We don’t let a condition like obesity define who we are, even though we work on getting into shape.”
Blount went on to say that with prominent women in the black community such as Michelle Obama leading by example, more black women are possibly making real efforts to live healthier lifestyles.
“There has also been the ‘Michelle Obama effect,’ she said. “Her emphasis on healthy eating and exercise during the past eight years has really paid off. Black women are so inspired by her – her relationships with her husband, children and mother. Black women are really trying to emulate her.”
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By: Danielle Dixon
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