Monday, August 22, 2011

The US Surgeon General Stops By Hair Show

US Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, stopped by the International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA on August 21 to encourage black women to not let hair prevent them from working out.

Benjamin's office cited two studies that examined why fewer than 30% of minority women in the United States get the recommended level of exercise. The reasons were lack of time followed by "economic constraints, major life changes or traumas, safety issues, weather and environment, the hassle of personal care such as showering and keeping hair looking good," according to the American Journal of Public Health.

Why stop by the hair show? Well as most African-Americans can attest to, if you want to get the word out, stop by the barbershop or beauty salon.  According to Ingrid Banks, professor of Black Studies and author of a forthcoming book on contemporary black beauty salon culture, "Barbershops and beauty salons are perhaps second only to black churches as institutions in the community."

Surgeon general: Hair shouldn't keep you out of gym – The Chart - Blogs

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