Sport and Wellness
Many years ago civilizations use to enjoy sports as a fun or hobby. It was harder for people to access transportation, technology, and food which created naturally active individuals. Today, Cars, the Internet, and fast food have built a lazy western society. People who have immigrated to North American countries have opted for bad and unhealthy habits. How do sports and wellness affect our lifestyles, how does ADAM raise awareness of health in the black community, who can lead a campaign for a healthy community, and how can these obstacles be overcome?
First of all, being active has become a trend in order to avoid illness and obesity especially in the black community. The Canadian Journal Association published an article on how Black or African decent people have the highest rate of diabetes type 2 in Canada. Our community needs to exercise and eat well in order to decrease obesity and high blood pressure, both of which are related to health problems like diabetes type 2.
Secondly, we must understand that those issues are a hard topic for our community because culturally black people like food and view exercising as an expensive task. ADAM has put in place a fitness and nutrition program that is accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of your background. I have been working with ADAM as their fitness professional for the last past 6 months and so far it has been a great experience. We have encouraged seniors, children and women to be more active by implementing anaerobic group fitness dance, a weekly follow up on nutrition and a monthly educational workshop on various health related issues.
Last, everyone has to be motivated to take care of themselves. The resources are out there but true motivation has to come from each individual. My personal experience with ADAM and The Fitness African Women Group (aka The Warriors) shows me that no one has excuses to be unhealthy. Those women work long hours and have children to take care of but they also understand that in order to be good Moms and bring money home they need to be healthy. I train those women twice a week, I push them mentally to give me their best out of each fitness session and that motivates them to keep on track with their nutrition at home. This is how we do it! Simple right?