S-BR4-Life’s Mutola Ambassador Project encourages African Americans to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle by swimming-biking-running.
African Americans are more likely to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic than the general population, according to Shelby Wilkes, an ophthalmologist and president of the Georgia State Medical Association. Underlying health conditions is cited as one of the social conditions causing the increased risk. According to Black Health Now, “The African American community struggles with higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and other preexisting conditions that can make it harder to fight off Covid-19”.
Positive Impact on Health
According to professional triathlete and USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach, Jon Fecik, health consists of multiple factors like genetics, nutrition, and physical fitness background, physical fitness ability, lifestyle choices, environment and even relationships.
Studies show that triathlon impacts one’s physical health through physical exercise. Over time, one becomes stronger and more resilient. Consequently, one gets healthy side effects such as a stronger heart or more efficient lungs. Triathlon cross training’s positive impact on cardiovascular, brain and bone health can benefit African Americans.
Make Healthy Living Infectious
Adopting a healthy lifestyle begins with conversation. Invite family, friends and colleagues to try cross-training. As African Americans who swim, bike and run, let’s lead by example. Show others what we do and tell them why we do it.
SBR4Life’s Mutola Ambassador Project is a coordinated effort to help combat the underlying medical conditions in African American communities by introducing an alternative lifestyle choice, cross training for triathletes.
The Project will train individuals to become triathlon mission ambassadors/influencers who participate in planning pop-up training events, identify community service opportunities and deliver messaging to community members and opinion leaders.
Make your pledge today!