5 Black Wellness Creators To Follow Right Now

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration dedicated to the achievements of African Americans. This month is an important time to reflect on the the experience of Black Americans and their resilience through slavery and colonization, while creating strong, vibrant and innovative communities.

Since 1976, every US president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Around the world, other countries including Canada and the UK now also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

Black History Month’s 2022 Theme Is “Black Health and Wellness”

This year, the theme of Black History Month celebrates the contributions that Black people have made to support the health and well-being of Black communities.

With a particular focus on preventative care, body positivity, physical exercise, mental health, nutrition, and gardening, this year’s Black History Month shines a light on the leaders who advocate for equality and empowerment in the wellness space.1

Amidst the continuing shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, as black communities continue to be disproportionately affected by this health crisis,2 it’s an important time to emphasize Black health.

As we shine a light on the interconnected systemic inequalities that Black communities continue to face, we also celebrate the incredible work that Black leaders are doing to support mental, physical and spiritual wellness.

In celebrating the 2022 Black History Month theme of Health & Wellness, here are 5 Black creators who use their platform to support, uplift and inspire their communities through wellness and self-care.

salmon and avocado bowl

Jessica In The Kitchen

Website: https://jessicainthekitchen.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessicainthekitchen/

An award-winning photographer and videographer, Jessica is a vegan food blogger who advocates for easy, achievable, and health-conscious plant-based recipes. Her food content is mouth-watering — it’s impossible not to get hungry when you’re scrolling through her Instagram.

Jessica shares recipes weekly, and she has over 600 recipes on her website Jessica in the Kitchen for you to try out.

latoya shauntay snell excercising

Latoya Shauntay Snell

Website: https://www.runningfatchef.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamlshauntay/

Brooklyn-based trained chef Latoya Shauntay Snell is a body-positive athlete with a love for running and biking. She’s grown a community of passionate followers on Instagram, and advocates for health at all sizes and inclusivity within the fitness industry.

Her blog Running Fat Chef documents her culinary and fitness adventures. She shares her experiences with marathons, ultras and training, while also getting real about her journey towards self-love.

phyllicia bonanno doing yoga

Phyllicia Bonanno

Website: https://phylliciabonanno.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phyllicia.bonanno/

Yoga teacher, wellness influencer, sound bath healer and plant-based foodie, Phyllicia Bonanno is on a mission to inspire accessible health and well-being in every individual.

On her Instagram, you can find Phyllicia teaching vinyasa flows, meditations, yin yoga and sound baths.

Quote "Everything wants your attention"

Dr Jess

Website: https://www.askdrjess.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askdrjess/

Dr Jess is a board-certified Psychologist, writer and content creator. She’s recognized by medical societies, mental health and government organizations for the work she does for mental health in the Black community.

She’s on a mission to normalize mental health practices across the spectrum, but especially within Black communities. Follow her Instagram for evidence-based mental health resources, wellness tips and self-care advice.

Quote "the right people and relationships will value you as sacred"

Lalah Deliah

Website: https://www.vibratehigherdaily.com/home
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lalahdelia/

Lalah Deliah is writer, wellness educator, certified spiritual practitioner, founder of the School of Vibration, and best-selling author.

Practicing what she calls “soul medicine”, Lalah Deliah is the Queen of spiritual self-help. She provides guidance and wellness to help people reconnect with their own intuition, empowerment, purpose, and self-confidence.

These are just a few of the incredible Black leaders who are changing the game in the wellness space. By advocating the importance of physical, mental, and spiritual self-care, these creators are helping to empower and uplift the health of Black communities.

1 Association for the Study of African American Life and History. (2022). Retrieved on Jan 31, 2022. https://asalh.org/black-history-themes/
2 Structural Racism, Social Risk Factors, and Covid-19 — A Dangerous Convergence for Black Americans (2020). Retrieved on Jan 31, 2022. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2023616

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