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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: SmileyBooks (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401936954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401936952
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, a tireless advocate for eliminating health disparities among women and communities of color, 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 Offi ce on Women’s Research.


Hilary Beard is an award-winning health journalist specializing in health, healthy lifestyle, and personal development. Beard is the New York Times best-selling author of Friends: A Love Story, 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha‘s Vineyard Diet/Detox, and Venus and Serena: Serving from the Hip. She has been editor-in-chief of the Black AIDS Weekly, Real Health, and the National Medical Association’s Healthy Living and HealthQuest magazines, and she contributes frequently to Ebony, Essence, and Heart & Soul.


About the Black Women’s Health Imperative:

The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the leading national organization advancing the health and wellness of our nation’s 20 million Black women and girls across the life span—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Imperative works in partnership with a network of over 50 affiliated organizations, partners, and collaborators across the country with an outreach to more than three million women. Through its ongoing advocacy, education, and leadership development programs, the Imperative supports Black women’s resolve to become confident and informed health and wellness decision makers. For more information about the Imperative, visit

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Homer on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a must read for all Black women; it is also a great gift for anyone who knows a black woman.

Below is my review on the Huffington Post.

Peace and blessings to all,

Byron Williams

If you are searching for a gift for an African American woman for Valentine's Day, a birthday, or for no other reason than "because", may I suggest you consider purchasing Health First: The Black Woman's Wellness guide.

Co-authored by Eleanor Hinton Hoytt and Hilary Beard, it is a holistic path to wellness--mind, body, and soul.

"This book really is about who we are, how we are, and what we know about black women--their stories, their pain, and their joys," Hoytt said.
"Health First" combines startling statistics and personal testimonies in order to send the clarion call that African American women must fight through the micro challenges of living, such as job, marriage, divorce, child rearing, etc., to reach the macro commitment to love themselves in such a way that will allow for healthy choices.

"In our quest to be all we can be, many of us labor under these very complex and conflicting roles that we play. And we often don't reveal the truth that we may be hurting," Hoytt said.

As I read "Health First" parts were akin to reading a graphic novel that compelled me to put down so that I could continue. To read the results of one study that projected "an estimated 50 percent of black females born in the year 2000 and beyond will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime" is daunting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regina M Hampton on March 11, 2012
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This book is excellent for African American women and girls. It encourages us to take control of our health and to talk about "taboo" items. Many of these issues have been in the dark for far too long in the African American community. I hope mothers and daughters can use this to start the conversation. These conversations and actions will lead to healthier African American families and communities.

Regina Hampton, MD
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Latte Lover on March 5, 2014
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Well written, but it left me wanting more. Normally, that would be a good thing, but the content of this book should have delivered a bit more the first time around.
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