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Black History Month Dialogue Around Public Health Inequities To Feature Indiana University Public Health Professionals

Black History Month Dialogue Around Public Health Inequities To Feature Indiana University Public Health Professionals

This Feb. 5, three experts will discuss health equity, public health, and physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indiana University Bloomington Associate Professor Dr. Antonio Williams and Director of Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion Rory James, MPH, will join ACE’s President and Chief Science Officer Dr. Cedric Bryant for the first part dialogue series.

This free, February 5 Facebook Live dialogue is the first of a two-part series on public health inequities that affect Black communities, including the lack of representation within the fitness industry. The series will be live on ACE’s Facebook Page.

Many institutional and systematic inequities have put the Black community at increased risk for COVID-19. Social determinants of health manifest themselves in underlying health conditions like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, leading to serving COVID-19 outcomes, including death more. This dialogue aims to spark discussion around access to quality health-related resources to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive industry, which would change these social determinants.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when compared to their white counterparts, Black and African Americans are 1.4 times more likely to contract COVID-19, 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 2.8 times more likely to die.

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The American Council on Exercise is a nonprofit organization with a global reach that works to improve physical-activity levels by certifying exercise professionals and health coaches, publishing original research, convening experts on physical activity health, working directly with community groups, and advocating for policies to get people from all walks of life moving. The 90,000 exercise professionals and health coaches certified by ACE are among the most respected in the world of fitness, helping people embrace physical activity and adopt healthier lifestyles. For more information, call 800-825-3636 or visit ACEfitness.org. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE, and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.

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