Dr. Michelle A. Gourdine wrote her new book, Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness (Yale University Press, April 2011), to help African Americans reduce their disproportionate burden of obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, and other leading causes of death. “The level of disease in our community is personal to me. It affects my family, my friends, and myself. My book is unlike others on the market because it addresses the social and cultural reasons for our diet, our exercise (or lack thereof) and our body image, and provides plain-spoken practical steps and motivation for readers to take charge of their health.”
She has been making the press rounds bringing attention to the cultural demands that inhibit African American health to be at the level is should be at. She believes a shortened lifespan filled with pain, pills, and poor health is NOT our destiny. She wants to teach African Americans how to learn how to live a happier, healthier, and more productive life.
Here Dr Gourdine discusses the book: