Black Girls Run promotes healthy lifestyle

2013-10-05T14:45:00Z 2013-10-05T19:56:08Z Black Girls Run promotes healthy lifestyleDoug Schorpp dschorpp@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

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.

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  1. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 06, 2013 12:48 pm
    YOU ARE SILLY HAWSFAN! Miley Cyrus be twerkin THAT'S MY GIRL LOL! She be shaking that little butt she has lol!
  2. Hawksfan23
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    Hawksfan23 - October 06, 2013 12:33 pm
    LOL. Don't go losing too much weight. You don't want to end up with a Miley Cyrus, white girl pancake butt. Good for you keep running.
  3. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 06, 2013 11:56 am
    Hey HawsFan don't make fun of our Qc Sexy Sistahs name we are REALLY SEXY YA KNOW LOL!!!
    AND WE KNOW HOW TO PRESERVE IT BY RUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOHOO! I LOVE RUNNING!
  4. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 06, 2013 11:51 am
    Thanks Hawks Fan! for the apology and you are right it would be some crazy stuff the only reason our name stick is because we are on a mission to see all women making fitness and health a priority no matter race or age! Running Wild in Davenport seen us training and loved it.... they talked to us found out about our mission and posted our flyer in the shoe store. We are getting a lot of support in the Qc. And we really encourage black women because honey the obesity rate is 80% in our community.... we are some big chics LOL! WE HAVE TO STAY MOVING!
  5. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 06, 2013 11:36 am
    First I would like to say we appreciate the support. What I would like everyone to know is our organization is recognized world wide, none of the media who has ever covered anything for our organization has ever questioned The statement Black Girls Run Preserve The Sexy.... its just a statement and all of our sponsors such as Asics, Brooks shoes, United Health Care and so on back our Name and the mission that stand behind the name. Black Girls Run encourages all women no matter the race to make health and fitness a priority!. We have every race in all of our chapters nation wide..... we will have some white women join us from the Qc locally today!

    I can't believe the Qc is taking this so hard when the rest of the world loves and support our mission. So many people see us in the Qc with our shirts On and have asked where can they order them that's how cool we are. Go to our website and join our nation wide movement support us. Then connect with us locally in the Qc let's hit the pavement and do an upcoming race together we would love to have you! We have white sisters who wear our shirts proud nation wide we love all of our sisters no matter the race!
  6. Hawksfan23
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    Hawksfan23 - October 06, 2013 10:51 am
    That was basically my point. I apologize for being rude about it. I commend anyone who gets people running. We all know dam n well though if someone called a group white guys or girls run, they would be labeled a racist, and that is getting old.
  7. mwqcb
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    mwqcb - October 06, 2013 7:53 am
    Shawn,
    Making coments on the QC Times is not my full time job like the comments coming from the above. I quit reading the comments because they were always by the same people above liking to see their opinions posted. I looked this time because honestly the way this was titled I actually thought it was a bit two sided. I am a white woman and I do know I would not be able to hold a White Woman Race. Doesn't matter how many black women ran in it I would not be able to title it White Women. I do understand and get what you are doing and I applaud you for it. Keep up the good work but do understand white women would not be able to word anything "white". As far as the comments above don't take the too personal because like I say they like to be nasty to everyone and hear themselves.
  8. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 06, 2013 12:10 am
    Your so funny! And we will be so happy if you could get something great going. We are getting ready to have a white guy come and speak to our group About how running changed his life.... see how people love our organization get on board we are not bad, uneducated black women we are highly educated and have great jobs like the Rock Island Arsenal, courthouse, John Deere and so on!
  9. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 05, 2013 11:59 pm
    WELL DO THAT BUT YOU WON'T BE RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR IGNORANCE WORLD WIDE BABY WHITE AND BLACK GIRLS RUNNING FOR THE SAME CAUSE TO FIGHT OBESITY NATION WIDE WHOHOO!!!. While you guys are talking ignorant their are white girls joining the movement In the Qc right now and posting how we motivate them

    THAT'S WHAT WE DO MOTIVATE WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD NOT DISCRIMINATE! LIKE YOU GUYS ARE!

    AND YES THE CAPS ARE ON CAUSE I'M SCREAMING FOR MY ORGANIZATION! THE WORLD LOVES BLACK GIRLS RUN ALL OFF OUR SPONSORS ARE WHITE AND THEY COMING HERE TO THE QC TO MAKE IT A CHAPTER, DOES ASICS AND BROOK SHOES RING A BELL, MUST I GO ON ABOUT OUR SPONSORS YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED!

    ANDERSON COOPER LOVES US! WE BELONG TO A FAMOUS ORGANIZATION AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT BUT YOU! WE DO GOOD DEEDS IN THE WORLD AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO USE OUR FEET FOR A GOOD CAUSE..... WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD BEING RACIST!

    WHITE BOYS RUN TOO DID YA KNOW WE HAVE A BLACK MEN RUN TOO GO JOIN THEM ON FACEBOOK ALL RACES WELCOMED.

    NO MATTER HOW BAD YALL WANT THAT NAME TO GO AWAY IT WON'T BECAUSE WE HAVE MAJOR SPONSORS. WE INTEND TO HELP A LOT OF WOMEN IN THE QC LIKE WE BEEN DOING. EVEN YOUR CITY LEADER'S SUPPORT US BECAUSE WE DOING SOMETHING GOOD IN THE COMMUNITY. WE ARE BLACK GIRLS RUN AND WE PRESERVE THE SEXY BY FIGHTING OBESITY NATION WIDE AND WE LOVE DOING IT!. this is just the beginning of you guys hearing about our good deeds in this city. WE ARE NOT DONE YOUR GOING TO SEE US ON THE NEWS NEXT WATCH AND LEARN!

  10. Hawksfan23
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    Hawksfan23 - October 05, 2013 8:54 pm
    Turn off the caps
  11. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 05, 2013 8:44 pm
    @ Shef YOU ARE DEAD WRONG CALL CNN AND SEE IF THEY THINK IT'S WRONG!!!. THEY HAVE PUT A LOT OF MEDIA OUT THERE ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION. YOU WILL LOOK LIKE A JOKE TO THEM. CELEBRITIES HAVE EVEN JOINED OUR ORGANIZATION. GO ON YOUTUBE SEARCH BLACK GIRLS RUN! AND WATCH HOW MUCH NEWS COVERAGE WE HAVE WORLD WIDE. AND THEN SAY WE RACIST. EVERY NEWS STATION THAT DID COVERAGE ON US WILL LAUGH AT YOU. QC IS NOT THE ONLY NEWSPAPER WE'RE OUR ORGANIZATION IS IN PAPERS IN ALL. 50 STATES!. GET YOUR FACTS!
  12. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 05, 2013 8:22 pm
    WE GOT PLENTY WHITE GIRLS THAT RUN! ONE OF OUR WHITE SISTAHS WON THE 5K IN NORTH CAROLINA LAST MONTH. AND THEY LOVE RUNNING WITH BLACK GIRLS RUN RUN WOOT WOOT WOOT WOOT WOOT FOR ALL THE WHITE SISTAHS. THAT HIT THE PAVEMENT EVERYDAY WITH BLACK GIRLS RUN MEMBERS NATION WIDE TO FIGHT OBESITY! WE ROCK WORLD WIDE 72 CHAPTERS AND CLOSE TOO 100,000 MEMBERS. WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING THE FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY FOR ALL WOMEN OF ALL RACES. GET WITH US NOT AGAINST US!
  13. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 05, 2013 8:14 pm
    Wow!!! Missed the whole point now that's what I call uneducated. MISSED THE WHOLE POINT..... GO AND READ THE ARTICLE AGAIN TIL YOU GET THE POINT!
  14. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 05, 2013 8:11 pm
    Go to www.blackgirlsrun.com to learn more about our organization and the movement to fight obesity nation wide.

    I can't believe this type of behavior is coming from the Qc. THANK GOD THE REST OF THE WORLD SUPPORTS THE MOVEMENT TO FIGHT OBESITY!
  15. Shawn Sylve Haynes
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    Shawn Sylve Haynes - October 05, 2013 8:06 pm
    I am very sorry that you guys are missing the whole point of our organization nation wide and our mission. The mission of Black Girls Run is to encourage black women to make fitness and health a priority. The name Black Girls Run is just a statement that is used but we make it. a point to let everyone know that we do not discriminate at all! In fact we have our white sistahs that have joined this movement nation wide. The media doesn't think we are racist especially not CNN or News One or any other media far as that goes. One of our biggest sponsors is United Health Care, and even Brooks shoes and other major Businesses even Nike know about us, and if we were so racist then why did Wells Fargo Bank light their whole building up in Pink last month for a big marathon that was held in North Carolina for our over 5,000 women of all races from all over the world to come and run in that state. Currently there is a 4 month study going on about our organization. For the record we actually encourage all women to make fitness and health a priority. Please go to www.blackgirls.com to learn more about our organization before you judge, you will learn a lot. Racism is for small minded people BLACK GIRLS RUN IS WAY BEYOND THAT! WE RUN/WALK TO FIGHT OBESITY NATION WIDE NO MATTER THE SKIN COLOR!
  16. Hawksfan23
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    Hawksfan23 - October 05, 2013 7:39 pm
    Funny how my idea for a White Boys Run club comment got deleted in 10 minutes. Apparently Black girls run isn't racist, white boys run is.
  17. Arc Angel
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    Arc Angel - October 05, 2013 7:20 pm
    Wow! What if it was a whitegirls run? Why not a Girls run !
  18. Shef
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    Shef - October 05, 2013 7:13 pm
    Why would this newspaper write a fluff article about a racist event like this? If white people were organizing an event for whites this story would have been written very differently. It's ridiculous that they can do this. I know I will probably be labeled a racist or a bigot for this comment as well, but it is undeniable that I am right.
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