Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide Wins 2013 NAACP Image Award

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The Black Women’s Health Imperative is pleased to announce that Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide, written by the Black Women’s Health Imperative President and CEO Eleanor Hinton Hoytt and award-winning health journalist Hilary Beard, was recently recognized as an outstanding literary work – instructional at 44th NAACP Image Awards held in Los Angeles, CA, on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide provides today’s Black woman with a comprehensive guide to her #1 resource: herself. Grounded in vital research, the book focuses on prevention and awareness across generations and circumstances – from candid conversations about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS to frank explorations of Black women’s top 10 health risks including heart disease, cancer, obesity, depression and violence.

“This is quite an honor to have received an Image Award,” Imperative President and CEO Eleanor Hinton Hoytt said. “The board of directors, staff and I are extremely excited that the Imperative is being recognized by the NAACP and its members. We hope this groundbreaking work will challenge all Black women to put our health first and create a living legacy of wellness for generations to come.”

The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show that celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

“SmileyBooks is honored to be the publisher of Health First!” publisher Tavis Smiley said. “A vital and groundbreaking resource guide, this text is a must-have for African American women everywhere. This life-saving book is deserving of all the accolade and acclaim it receives. Congratulations to Eleanor Hinton Hoytt and Hilary Beard! Here’s to the ongoing work of the Black Women’s Health Imperative.”

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About the Authors:
A tireless advocate for eliminating health disparities among women and communities of color, Eleanor Hinton Hoytt serves as the president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Hinton Hoytt produced the groundbreaking book Tomorrow Begins Today: African American Women As We Age for the National Council of Negro Women. She is the proud recipient of the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award, and the Keystone Award for Women’s Research Advocacy from the NIH Office on Women’s Research.

An award-winning health journalist specializing in health, healthy lifestyle, and personal development, Hilary Beard is the New York Times best-selling author of Friends: A Love Story and Venus and Serena: Serving from the Hip. She has been editor-in-chief of Black AIDS Weekly, Real Health, HealthQuest and the National Medical Association’s Healthy Living magazine.
About the Black Women’s Imperative:
The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the leading organization advancing health equity and social justice our nation’s 20 million Black women across the lifespan through advocacy, education, research and leadership development. For more information visit




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