April 30th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Running group turns into nationwide movement

By LaNese Harris, CNN

(CNN) - African-American women are joining forces to battle the alarming rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity that are affecting millions of Americans.

The movement is called Black Girls Run!, and it was formed to encourage women of color to get fit and live healthier lifestyles.

Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks are the creators of Black Girls Run! They wanted to drop some pounds and get in shape, but they soon saw their personal goals turning into a nationwide movement.

"I had no idea that Black Girls Run! was going to grow to be this size," Hicks said. "Toni and I feel really blessed and excited that we are able to help so many people."

Read the full post on CNN's This Just In blog

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  1. raceisamyth

    Its black women run. Not black girls run. And white men can jump fyi.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raceisamyth

    Its called a sedintary lifestyle. My black, white and American Indian brothers and sisters know what this is.

    April 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |