Put that Chicken Sandwich Down! There is a MAJOR Health Crisis in the Black Community

How many of y'all have gone to Popeyes since THAT chicken sandwich returned? Do you know what is in the sandwich? Do you know what your cholesterol level is? Do you know if you are diabetic? We must get serious about our health as a community. This is not a drill, PUT THAT CHICKEN SANDWICH DOWN! Fried chicken is fried chicken, and that means calories, fat, and tons of sodium.

"The Black community, particularly in major urban settings, is faced with escalating social, economic, and life-style problems, which threaten the life and well-being of current and future generations of Black people in crisis proportion.

The rising number of deaths due to heart disease and stroke, homicide and accidents related to substance abuse, AIDS, cancer, and infant mortality are among the leading culprits.

They interfere with prospects of longevity, joblessness, poverty, and homelessness and further complicate the crisis."

Heart disease: Is the leading cause of death for African Americans primarily due to lifestyle, diet, and the incidence of other co-morbities (e.g., obesity, smoking, diet, excessive alcohol).

To learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack, check out this heart disease fact sheet.

Cancer: When accounting for all cancers combined, incidence rates are highest among black (554.5), followed by white (499.7), Hispanic* (393.5), Asian/Pacific Islander (310.1), and American Indian/Alaska Native (293.5) men. Specifically as it relates to breast cancer, Black women have the highest death rates of all racial and ethnic groups and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. African American women are diagnosed with lower rates of breast cancer, however they have higher rates of mortality due to breast cancer. The reasons for this difference result from many factors including having more aggressive cancers and fewer social and economic resources. Visit the CDC to learn more.

Stroke: The fifth leading cause of death for Americans, but the risk of having a stroke varies with race and ethnicity. Risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for blacks than for whites, and blacks are more likely to die following a stroke than are whites. To learn more about the signs and symptoms of a stroke visit

Diabetes: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islander Americans are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes. In addition, gestational diabetes occurs more frequently in African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians than in other groups. To learn more information about diabetes and tips to avoid visit the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.

Unintentional Injuries:The leading cause of death in the United States for persons aged 1—19 years and the fifth leading cause of death for African Americans. Visit to learn more about industry prevention and control.

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