Shawn Haynes of Moline has lost 40 pounds and is not slowing down those efforts anytime soon.
She spoke Saturday during the annual Keeping it Real in Pink Soul Stroll Health and Fitness Day at United Neighbors in Davenport. The event primarily was about breast cancer prevention and education. But Haynes discussed a program she helps lead locally called Black Girls Run that encourages black women to walk or run to become healthier and lose weight.
She said 80 percent of black women are overweight. The national program began four years ago by two women in Atlanta. Today, there are 66,000 members and 72 chapters.
Haynes said the local Q-C Sexy Sistahs Running Club is growing rapidly.
“We run and walk to fight against obesity,” Haynes told the crowd. “Over 100 women have joined in the Quad-Cities in less than 90 days.”
She said they walk or run every Tuesday and Saturday at Vander Veer Botanical Park in Davenport. She said it is not unusual to have more than 30 participate at one time.
Anyone interested can go to the national site, www.blackgirlsrun.com or the local Facebook page of Q-C Sexy Sistahs Running Club.