Celebrating beauty and wellness
The Third Annual My Hair My Health PDX! event brought together over 130 participants to promote healthy eating and physical activity, and to encourage African American women and their supporters to celebrate beauty and wellness from the inside out. The September 7, 2019 event was held in Northeast Portland, and offered attendees tools and resources to:
• promote healthy behaviors, such as increased fruit and vegetable consumption and regular physical activity
• boost knowledge and skills to overcome barriers to healthy behaviors
• improve self-image and self-acceptance, and heal body, mind and soul.
About My Hair My Health PDX
The My Hair My Health PDX! annual event consists of panel presentations, documentary screenings, vendors, workshops, food sampling, and physical activity demonstrations. You will have the opportunity to connect with attendees, panelists, and workshop presenters throughout the day (see our 2019 Schedule and Flyer).
My Hair, My Health PDX! was adapted from San Bernardino County Public Health Department’s My Hair My Health Conference. The aim is for local organizations to work collectively and use hair and practices as the platform to increase physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption among black women.
In the summer of 2016, the My Hair My Health PDX! planning Committee formed, consisting of representatives from Oregon State University Extension Services, Oregon Department of Education, and Oregon Health Authority. Beginning in the winter of 2017, the Planning Committee partnered with Sah’Rah Stylz to host Salon Pop Up Tours at several Portland-metro black salons. These events brought black women together to discuss ways to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their lives.
Our mission is to empower daughters, sisters, nieces, aunts, cousins, colleagues and friends to choose and prepare nutritious foods and to be physically active as a celebration of beauty and health of the mind, body and soul.