Did you know that nearly half of all non-Hispanic black adults have some form of cardiovascular disease? Also, Hispanics (and African-Americans) with high blood pressure are less likely than Caucasians to get their condition under control. This is a serious problem in communities of color that can largely be prevented if we take the right steps.

I recently attended the EmPOWERED To Serve Summit and walked away with some great tips on fighting heart disease that are easy for moms to implement. The EmPOWERED To Serve Summit was hosted at Gallaudet University by the American Heart Association to discuss community transformation and the root causes that impact social determinants of health and engaging unconventional partners to drive creative solutions for the collaborative health impact. Ten finalists were selected from the association’s EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Business Storytelling Competition which launched  online on August 18th. The winners received $10k-$30k to implement their plans! The summit aims to improve health within multicultural communities and is working within the communities and joining with partners to address key factors that impact health. You can find out more information at empoweredtoserve.org.

Feed Yourself Right!

Eat healthier foods Mom! Kids will eat what they see you eat so do not let the word healthy turn you off. There are plenty of healthy foods that taste great.

Try this: Use food recipes that your family already love and make a healthier version of it. Oven fried chicken anyone?

Join A Fitness Group

Going to the gym on a regular basis is not the easiest. Take the stress out of working out by grabbing an accountability partner, or four! Look for local mom groups that go on stroller walks or start a faith based fitness program. We loved Gospel Run at the Empowered To Serve Summit!

Give Someone Else A Hand

There are many people in our community who do not have access to fresh foods. Because of this, they are forced to shop at corner stores which can greatly increase prices due to convenience.

Do you have a family member or a neighbor that does not have transportation to get to the grocery store? Volunteer to give them a ride to the grocery store a few times a month, take them with you when you shop, or offer to pick up a few of their items.

As moms with hectic schedules, we are so used to taking care of everybody else first and ourselves last.

We know mamas are busy so if that does not fit into your schedule, try teaching your family and friends how to use an online grocery delivery service so they can get their grocery shopping done for them and delivered right to their door. While many think that food delivery is costly, the price is competitive with buying groceries from the store.

As moms with hectic schedules, we are so used to taking care of everybody else first and ourselves last. Remember this, we are the ones who set the tone for health and wellness in our households. For information on the EmPOWERED To Serve movement and the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Business Storytelling Competition, visit their website here.



My name is Kalisha Blair. I am a wife, mom, and pro chef. I create cooking recipes and recipes for busy people. You can see what I’m whipping up over on KalishaBlair.com and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

This post is sponsored by the American Heart Association. All opinions expressed are my own.