Black Health & Wellness – Acknowledging the needs and contributions of the Black community

Price Chopper & Market 32 Supermarkets embraces and celebrates Black History Month and the 2022 theme of Black Health and Wellness. Health and wellness have special meaning to us, a company built on delivering high quality nutritional and pharmaceutical goods and services. When our teammates and guests are thriving healthily, our businesses and communities do as well. There is no one solution that will counteract the history of marginalization endured in Black and brown communities. We understand some of the mental and physical health disparities that still exist within them and make an effort to educate and increase accessibility to food and pharmacy goods and services every day.

The celebration of Black History Month is an intentional recognition of Black people, cultures and contribution. In reserving this space and time, we strive to build an enduring climate of inclusion and belonging that exists each day of the year. Some specific ways in which we contribute to this year’s celebration are by giving voice to our Black teammates and learning of their heritages; showcasing Black-owned and founded products and brands; providing nutritional and health care education; and honoring Black figures that have contributed to historical and present day innovations.

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Roydel Stewart

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Why do you think the theme of Black Health and Wellness is an important focus?

For decades statistics have revealed tremendous racial disparities in healthcare and health outcomes in America.  Black Americans suffer disproportionately from hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and obesity compared to White counterparts and in some cases all other racial groups in America. Black neighborhoods are also vulnerable to environmental racism where elevated exposure to toxic air, water, and soil can be observed. All of these conditions intensify one another and yet there are more challenges impacting the health of Black Americans.  A protracted history of abuse in medical experimentation and treatment has led many in the Black community to mistrust the medical establishment. COVID vaccine hesitancy and refusal among the Black population in the United States is in part due to this shameful legacy. Research shows that lower vaccination rates provide the virus with greater opportunity to mutate and spread, negatively affecting overall public health.  

Focusing on Black Health and Wellness, especially during Black history month, encourages the country to learn about and tackle these structural harms.  It also allows the nation to investigate the wellness strategies Black Americans have devised to care for themselves and their communities.  Examples include a renewed focus on maternal health, nutrition, and physical exercise. 

In the area of maternal health, black women are increasingly engaging doulas for support in childbirth. In the area of nutrition, black neighborhood co-ops are planting gardens to foster healthier diets. Regarding physical exercise, black communities are reclaiming natural environments through hiking groups, running clubs, and other organized outdoor activities. Overcoming disparities in Black Health and Wellness will require a concentrated effort. Highlighting this issue at a national level is an important step toward that goal.