Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better
North American Precis Syndicate
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(NAPSI)—Obesity is a serious health problem in the United States.
More than one in three U.S. adults have obesity and that number increases to
more than half—57 percent—among U.S. black women. Research has
shown that excess weight may contribute to high blood pressure, type 2
diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.
To help address the problem of obesity, the National Institute of Diabetes
and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has updated the program guide for
the popular Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better national health awareness
program. It encourages black women to reach and maintain a healthy weight by
being more physically active and making healthier food choices.
The NIDDK updated the Sisters Together program guide to include:
• Recent data regarding African American obesity rates
• Evidence-based strategies to promote regular physical activity and
healthy food choices among black women
• Highlights from Sisters Together programs developed by different
groups around the country
• Tips to create a budget to fund a program
• Information on how to grow and manage program interest using
• Steps to help evaluate and sustain a program
• A sample in-kind donation request letter and other forms.
The NIDDK encourages anyone who sees a need in his or her community to
consider starting a Sisters Together program. The program guide is a free
digital resource, available from the NIDDK website, that offers information
on how to develop, promote, fund, evaluate and sustain a program. The guide
includes sample forms, e-mails and social media posts that users can copy and
modify to suit their specific needs. While the resources are aimed at black
women ages 18 and older, they can be adapted to promote the “move more,
eat better” message among women, youths or men of any age, race,
ethnicity or community.
Sisters Together began in 1994 as a pilot program conducted by the
NIDDK’s Weight-control Information Network (WIN) and several partners
in Boston. Based on the success of the pilot program, WIN created the program
guide and other resources to support the development of local Sisters
Together programs nationwide. Over the past 20 years, local groups across the
country have formed partnerships with health centers, local media, recreation
centers and other groups to start new Sisters Together programs.
For further information, visit
“To help combat obesity and
increase physical activity, especially among black women, the National
Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases created the Sisters
Together: Move More, Eat Better national health awareness program. http://bit.ly/2O9vEJh”
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)