Did you know…
Almost 1 in 4 Black and Hispanic girls are obese
Black and Hispanic girls are less physically active than their peers
Many curly girls feel social and societal pressure to have straight or styled hair
School policies and places of employment often restrict and penalize girls for the texture or style of their hair
Girls are less physically active as they get older
This is a concern because physical inactivity can lead to overweight, obesity, and a host of chronic diseases. Although the causes of obesity and physical inactivity are complex, a salient factor among many women and girls of African descent is their hair, a fact many Black women have known for years. Hair is often viewed as a barrier to exercise for many women and girls of African descent. However, unlike adult black women, black adolescent girls cannot avoid physical activity because physical education (PE) is often a daily required class in most American schools. So, culturally competent, research based interventions and approaches, like Curls on the Move, are needed to address this. Read more about the connection between hair, obesity, and Black adolescent girls in my research.
Registration for Curls on the Move, our self-guided, at-you-own-pace, Online Certified Instructor Training is open! Register now to bring our after-school club and health education class curriculum to your school, book club, or studio and teach curly girls to embrace their hair and health.
Social Justice and Policy
Curls on the Move is about public health, social justice, policy, and practice. Help us change socially unjust school dress codes that do not include hairstyles for black and brown girls. The structural violence and hair harassment our girls experience in our world must end.
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