ILAACP Quarterly Meeting Nov 20th Postponed

UPDATE: Ilaacp quarterly meeting postponed

Thank you to those that registered for our November, 20, 2014 Quarterly Meeting, When Exercise is Not Enough: #RethinkYourDrink.

Unfortunately, we have postponed the meeting until December 11, 2014. We will be contacting you shortly with the location and time. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you, and we look forward to discussing alternatives to maintaining a healthy lifestyle besides exercising.

In the meantime, please read about our Rethink Your Drink/ HEAL Act Campaign initiative to learn more about the #RethinkYourDrink campaign.

“Inequalities in a range of factors – income, stable and affordable housing, access to quality education and others – all influence a person’s chance to live a longer, healthier life. These inequities and disparate access to affordable, healthy food or safe places to be physically active, contribute to higher rates of obesity and related illnesses in Black communities.” – The State of Obesity: Obesity Policy Series , Section 10: Obesity Prevention in Black Communities

ILAACP Quarterly meeting will be held November 20, 2014 at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave., from 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

African American adults are nearly 1.5 times more likely to be obese compared with White adults. According to The State of Obesity, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), more than 75 percent of African Americans are overweight or obese (including 69 percent of men and 82 percent of women) compared with 67.2 percent of Whites (including 71.4 percent of men and 63.2 percent of women). Obesity is linked to chronic diseases like coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

The Impact of Sugar Sweetened Beverage Consumption on Black Americans’ Health, a report by the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, states that the potential harm from frequent Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) consumption is of special concern for black Americans, who are more likely to be regular SSB drinkers and are at a higher risk (compared with whites) for obesity and related chronic diseases. The Rethink Your Drink Campaign aims to tackle the growing obesity epidemic by lowering the intake of Sugar Sweetened Beverages in America.

The ILAACP is committed to educating the African American community on preventative steps to battle the obesity epidemic. We invite you to participate. This panel discussion will provide information about other steps you can take to live a healthier life besides exercising.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP your attendance to Talithia Redmond at tredmond@ilaacp.org or 312.850.4444, ext. 221.