I’m very excited to tell you that our 10,000 Black Vegan Women Movement was featured in the Washington Post today by longtime columnist Courtland Milloy (of whom I’m a longtime fan!). Mr. Milloy interviewed me about the importance of eating plant-based food to take back control of our health beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here are a few excerpts from the article:
McQuirter, 53, specializes in black women’s nutritional health. Disturbed by high rates of chronic diseases among that group, she announced in February a “vegan challenge,” a plan to enlist 10,000 black women for a journey to wellness through dietary change.
Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, delaying the scheduled May 1 launch of her plan even as the virus confirmed the importance of her mission. While no one is immune from the disease, known as covid-19, people with chronic illnesses are more likely to die once infected. And black people, who suffer disproportionately from chronic illnesses, are also dying in disproportionately high numbers from the virus.
Make no mistake, an epidemic of chronic diseases has been ravaging black America for some time, killing hundreds of thousands year after year after year.
The latest figures from the National Vital Statistic Reports show that 335,667 black people died of mostly preventable causes in 2017. Heart disease killed 78,161; cancer killed 69,872; cardiovascular disease killed 19,088; diabetes killed 14,798; respiratory diseases killed 11,217. And on and on it goes.
“I don’t want to play the comparison game but where is the national outcry over all of those deaths?” McQuirter asked. “That’s nearly 800 black folks a day dying mostly from diet-related diseases.”
“The virus has put in stark relief the need to really get serious about what we eat,” McQuirter said. “This is not about boosting immunity to survive a pandemic. It’s about getting healthy.”
So, fam, I hope this article inspires you to keep eating healthy plant-based foods. And I hope you’re even more excited for our program launch in October! In the meantime, I’ll continue to share my best tips and resources each week, as we embark on this journey together. And please share this post with your friends and family and encourage them to sign up, too.