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In 2009, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks created Black Girls RUN! in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the black community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority.

Carey and Hicks joined Roland Martin Monday’s “NewsOne Now.”

And read more about Black Girls Run:

Black Girls Run Focuses On Women’s Health, ‘Preserving The Sexy’

5 Reasons Every Chick Should Run A 5K

Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.

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