Can we become a socially and health conscious community? If so how?


As we get set to go into the Thanksgiving Holiday, I thought that it would be necessary for our community to get into a discussion on this “Know Thyself Community Wednesday” about raising the awareness of why we celebrate Thanksgiving and how we celebrate Thanksgiving. Now according to the history books; in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil war, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. That of course was the watered down version of the historical roots of Thanksgiving which are a lot deeper than just a feast amongst settlers and Indians. Now that was history.

Ask anyone today why they celebrate thanksgiving and they will tell it is a time for the family to come together and give thanks—right? Usually, it is a gathering of family and friends enjoying a smorgasbord of some of their favorite dishes; a lot of foods that are DANGEROUS! How the food is prepared and the chemical ingredients used are what make the food dangerous. The pork from chitterlings, ham, to dairy products like cheese, egg nog, ice cream, macaroni and cheese, the cakes, pies and other desserts that are high in sugar content, from the drinks too sweet tea, soda pop, and other sugary drinks. The problem with all of this is that most of these items are dangerous to our health especially if we are of African descent and we consume these items during the holiday season with no concern as to the after effects of the health conditions that they cause. This holiday season, WBLK would like for everyone to just think about what you are eating and drinking and how much you are eating and drinking and are you exercising to burn the calories and stay healthy?