Annual GirlTrek Walking Challenge Attracts 10,000 Participants

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GirlTrek, a health movement and national nonprofit for African American women and girls is creating national buzz as more than 10,000 women prepare to take the streets for their annual walking challenge.

Can the commitment of thousands of women and girls to walk for 10 weeks through the streets of their neighborhoods be the answer to the pressing health crisis facing African Americans? GirlTrek, a national nonprofit and health movement, is proof positive. More than 50,000 Black women and girls have set Facebook and Twitter abuzz with excitement about this year's walking challenge. 7,000 of them have taken the challenge. GirlTrek aims to inspire 10,000 walkers this year.

With statistics showing that 80% of African-American women are overweight, and 40% of Black high school students are obese, and that 1 in 2 Black girls born in 2000 will develop diabetes unless their diets and activities level change, GirlTrek is betting on a fresh approach to inspiring everyday women and girls to get active.

On April 1, 2012, GirlTrek will launch its third annual GirlTrek walking challenge. Founded by Tanya Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, GirlTrek started as a grassroots movement to provide practical solutions for African-American women to lead healthier lives. The program includes the national walking challenge, a Healthy Role Model campaign and a series of skill building health retreats and vacations in sunny locations like Sedona, Arizona and Savannah, Georgia.

The response from participants and supporters has been overwhelming positive. The founders routinely engage thousands of women daily on their very popular “Healthy Black Women & Girls” Facebook page ( and were recently featured in Heart & Soul magazine.

This year's walking challenge will have women participants from all 50 states, over 10 countries, and more than 75 Trek Teams, consisting of groups of families, friends or co-workers who decided to participate in the challenge together.

For more information on GirlTrek, please email info(at)girltrek(dot)org, call 201-470-8281 or visit their website at

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