Public health nutritionist Tracye McQuirter, a pioneer of the black vegetarian and vegan movements, has launched her latest initiative: The 10,000 Black Vegan Women program.
The free online program is a resource to provide nutritional guidance and support to black women, who McQuirter says experience the highest rates of preventable chronic diseases in the US, including heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes.
The 21-day program kicked off on 5 October after more than its target of 10,000 black women signed up.
Throughout the 21 days, participants receive cooking videos, meal plans, vegan recipes, grocery shopping lists, meal prep guides, and nutrition tips to give them the support they need to “go vegan, get healthy, and feel great for life”.
“I want to truly change the health paradigm of black women,” said McQuirter who has been vegan for more than 30 years. “We are leaders in so many progressive ways, but we are in a crisis when it comes to our health. And while there are many reasons for this, we have the power to take back control of our health. It’s about our greens, not our genes!
“Eating affordable, nutritious, and delicious plant-based foods is one of the best ways for us to get healthy now and for the rest of our lives.”
McQuirter is the author of By Any Greens Necessary (the first vegan diet book aimed at the black community), Ageless Vegan (with her mother Mary McQuirter) and the creator of the free African American Starter Guide ebook.
Visit the 10000blackveganwomen.com website.