Obesity & African-American Women / Detroit Training Center | American Black Journal Full Episode

Obesity & African-American Women / Detroit Training Center | American Black Journal Full Episode


 >>JUST AHEAD ON AMERICAN
BLACK JOURNAL, THE HEALTH CONCERNS OF MANY
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN. WE’LL TALK TO A DOCTOR WHO
EXPLAINS ABOUT AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF WOMEN WHO ARE
OVERWEIGHT OR DE OBESE. COMING UP NEXT.
>>AMERICA WANTS TO KNOW: WHAT DOES DTE ENERGY DO TO
MAKE DETROIT A BETTER PLACE?>>WE FUNDED 500 JOBS FOR
PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE STATE.>>INCREDIBLE.
>>THAT IS FANTASTIC.>>SO THIS IS LIKE A PAINT
BY NUMBER, THIS WHOLE THING, RIGHT?
>>COMMUNITIES ARE SUCH GREAT PLACES, AREN’T THEY.
>>SURE ARE.>>LOVE THE SIDING.
>>MEASURE ONCE, CUT TWICE, RIGHT?
>>DTE ENERGY. KNOW YOUR OWN POWER.
>>>WHEN I GROW UPL.>>I WANT TO BE AN
ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEER.>>LAW ENFORCEMENT.
>>COMPUTER SCIENTIST.>>A SUCCESSFUL PERSON.
>>GIVE MICHIGAN’S CHILDREN A CHANCE TO AIM HIGH WITH
QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION. § § § §  >>WELCOME TO AMERICAN
BLACK JOURNAL. I’M STEPHEN HENDERSON.
ON THIS PROGRAM WE’VE OFTEN TALKED ABOUT THE HEALTH
ISSUES FACED BY FREN FRIN MEN, BUT TODAY WE’RE TURNING
OUR ATTENTION TO THE HEALTH CONCERNS OF BLACK WOMEN.
RECENT DATA WITH FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
AND HUMAN SERVICES HAS SOUNDED THE ALARM
ABOUT OBESITY IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN.
THE DEPARTMENT’S OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH SAYS FOUR
OUT OF FIVE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN ARE OVERWEIGHT
OR OBESE. STUDIES CONDUCTED IN 2011
SHOW THAT BLACK WOMEN WERE 80% MORE LIKELY TO BE OBESE
THAN NONHISPANIC WHITE WOMEN, AND FROM 2007 UNTIL 2010,
AFRICAN-AMERICAN GIRLS WERE 80% MORE LIKELY TO BE
OVERWEIGHT THAN NONHISPANIC WHITE GIRLS.
JOINING ME NOW TO TALK ABOUT THIS IS ELAYNE ARTERBERY, A
RADIATION ONCOLOGIST AT SINAI GRACE HOSPITAL IN
DETROIT. WELCOME.
THOSE NUMBERS ARE SHOCKING.>>IT’S STAGGERING.
>>80 TO 90% MORE LIKELY TO BE OVERWEIGHT THAN NONWHITE
HISPANIC WOMEN.>>THOSE ARE BASED ON BODY
MASS INDEX, A COMBINATION OF HEIGHT AND WEIGHT, AND I
THINK MOST OF THEM DON’T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT BLACK
WOMEN HAVE A HIGHER BONE DENSITY THAN WHITE WOMEN, SO
THEIR BONES ACTUALLY WEIGH MORE.
IF YOU HAVE A BLACK WOMAN WHO IS 5’5″ AT 165 POUNDS,
SHE IS TECHNICALLY, BASED ON HER BMI OVERWEIGHT.
THOSE STUDIES DON’T TOTALLY ACCOUNT —
>>THEY DON’T GIVE AS ACCURATE A PICTURE.
>>THAT SAID, YOU STILL HAVE A HIGH NUMBER OF WOMEN IN
THE OVER 35 BMI, WHICH IS OVERWEIGHT.
I THINK IT’S A NUMBER OF FACTORS.
BLACK WOMEN ARE UNDER A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF STRESS.
DEPENDING ON THEIR WHERE THEY LIVE, MAY NOT HAVE
ACCESS TO GROCERY STORES. IT’S NOT AS SIMPLE AS WOMEN
ARE EATING TOO MUCH.>>OR NOT EXERCISING.
>>I THINK IT’S MULTIFACTORIAL.
SO MANY TIMES WOMEN ARE EXERCISING OR GETTING FIT,
TO GET TO A FAMILY REUNION OR HIGH SCHOOL PARTY, BUT
YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT IT AS A CONTINUOUS LIFESTYLE.
>>IT’S NOT ABOUT DIETING OR LOSING WEIGHT; IT’S ABOUT
TRYING TO EAT HEALTHY ALL THE TIME.
>>AND MAKING SMALL, LITTLE STEPS.
AT OUR HOSPITAL, WE HAVE A CAMPAIGN THAT HAS GONE INTO
THE COMMUNITY OF NO FRIED FOOD OR SODA CONSUMPTION.
THAT ACCOUNTS FOR 40% OF CALORIES IN PEOPLE’S DIETS.
ELIMINATING SODA POP MAY IMPACT THIS PROFILE
FOR WOMEN.>>WHEN WE TALK ABOUT
OBESITY, THAT LEADS TO HIGHER INSTANCES OF —
>>PUTS YOU AT RISK FOR HYPERTENSION, STROKE, KIDNEY
DISEASE, FOR CANCER IN SOME CASES, AT HIGHER RISK.
SO WOMEN HAVE TO LOOK AT THEIR LIFESTYLE CHOICES THAT
ARE CONTRIBUTING TO OBESITY.>>RIGHT.
ANOTHER REAL HIGH INDICATOR AMONG BLACK WOMEN IS FOR
BREAST CANCER AS WELL.>>OH, YEAH.
IT’S REALLY INTERESTING. I READ A STUDY RECENTLY THAT
LOOKED AT SURVIVORS OF BREAST CANCER, WOMEN WHO
HAVE BEEN TREATED. THOSE WHO MAINTAIN THEIR BMI,
THEIR WEIGHT, HAD A HIGHER SURVIVAL RATE INDEPENDENT
OF THEIR STAGE. THOSE WOMEN WHO WERE ABLE TO
MAINTAIN THEIR WEIGHT EVEN AFTER A DIAGNOSIS HAD
IMPROVED SURVIVAL, WHICH IS FASCINATING.
>>AND SO — BUT FOR BLACK WOMEN OVERALL, SURVIVAL
RATES FOR BREAST CANCER ARE NOT WHERE THEY UD BE.
>>THE SURVIVAL’S NOT THERE. DESPITE ADEQUATE TREATMENT,
BLACK WOMEN ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO DIE OF BREAST
CANCER THAN WHITE WOMEN. PART OF THIS IS A DELAY
IN DIAGNOSIS. THE WOMEN JUST DON’T GET TO
THE MAMMOGRAMS. AND THIS IS INDEPENDENT OF
INSURANCE STATUS.>>IT’S NOT THAT THEY DON’T
HAVE ACCESS, THAT THEY DON’T USE IT.
>>THEY DON’T USE IT. THEY HAVE FEAR, THEY SAY I
DON’T HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY. WE’VE HAD A LOT OF ATTENTION
ABOUT ANGELINA JOLIE WHO JUST HAD THE FAMILY HISTORY.
PEOPLE WITH THAT HISTORY ARE ONLY 3%.
MOST WOMEN HAVE NO FAMILY HISTORY AND NEED TO GET A
ROUTINE MAMMOGRAM AFTER THE AGE OF 40 AS PART OF JUST
ROUTINE HEALTHY LIVING.>>RIGHT.
AND YOU WORK IN ON COLLING. HOW MUCH — ONCOLOGY.
HOW MUCH IS DIET AND WEIGHT AN ISSUE?
>>IT CAN INTERFERE WITH THE TYPE OF CHOICES WE’RE ABLE
TO GIVE PEOPLE, DEPENDING ON THEIR BODY RABBIT.
SOME PEOPLE — THEIR BODY HABIT.
SOME PEOPLE CAN’T GET CHEMOTHERAPY BECAUSE THEY’RE
OVERWEIGHT OR HAVE KIDNEY PROBLEMS.
GET THE MAMMOGRAM, AND DON’T HAVE THAT FEAR, GET IT DONE.
>>THE STATS I WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THE OPEN, SOME MORE
ABOUT GIRLS, NOT WOMEN, HOW MUCH OF THIS IS SOMETHING
THAT STARTS WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND THEN CARRIES OVER
INTO ADULTHOOD?>>WELL, THIS IS SORT OF A
RECENT PHENOMENON WE’VE SEEN IN OUR COMMUNITY.
MY MOTHER WENT TO HOWARD UNIVERSITY, AND SHE SAYS
WHEN SHE GRADUATED FROM HOWARD, NO ONE
WAS OVERWEIGHT. IN ONE GENERATION, WE’VE
SEEN THIS WHOLE CHANGE T. COULD BE A COUPLE OF THINGS.
ONE CAN THE INTRODUCTION OF HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IN
THE AMERICAN DIET. SUGAR IS SO EXPENSIVE TO
MANUFACTURE AND PRODUCE, AND CORN SYRUP IS CHEAPER, AND
IT’S IN WIDESPREAD USE IN A LOT OF PRODUCTS.
SOME PEOPLE FEEL IT’S THE CORN SYRUP, NOT THE
CANE SUGAR. I TELL PATIENTS, IF YOU’RE
GOING TO HAVE SUGAR, HAVE REGULAR SUGAR.
>>WHICH, OF COURSE, IT SORT OF GOES AGAINST WHAT YOU
THINK YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO.>>EXACTLY.
AND WHAT WE KNOW FOR HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP WITH
BREAST CANCER, PEOPLE FEEL THAT MAY BE ALSO A TRIGGER.
>>I SEE. THAT’S INCREASEING YOUR —
>>YOUR LIKELIHOOD. WE TELL WOMEN WHO HAVE
BREAST CANCER OR A FAMILY HISTORY TO AVOID THE USE OF
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. IT’S IN EVERYTHING.
AND DIET — I MEAN SODAS HAVE A HIGH INCIDENTS OF
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. ALSO, EAT FRUITS AND
VEGETABLES, HAVE A VERY BALANCED DIET, AND AVOID
ANYTHING THAT COMES IN A YELLOW, BLUE,
OR PINK PACKAGE.>>WHY IS THAT?
>>THERE IS SOME ANIMAL DATA THAT SUGGESTS SOME OF THOSE
PRODUCTS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO CANCER RISK.
IT’S BEEN SEEN IN ANIMALS, NOT IN HUMANS, BUT AVOID
ANYTHING PROCESSED. YOU KNOW.
>>NATURAL FOOD.>>NATURAL FOOD.
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, ONE GENERATION AGO, OUR PARENTS
WERE EATING OFF THE FARM. THEY GOT SWEET POTATOES,
EVERYBODY HAD A GARDEN, EVEN IN INDUSTRIAL AREAS, AND
THAT’S SORT OF LOST, SO THAT PEOPLE SHOULD TRY TO GET
FOOD IN THE MOST NATURAL PHASE POSSIBLE.
>>HOW HARD IS IT IN CITIES LIKE DETROIT WHERE THERE’S
JUST THE LACK OF DENSITY NOW, REALLY HAS EMPTIED OUT SO
MUCH OF THE CITY, IN TERMS OF COMMERCE, GROCERY, THOSE
KINDS OF THINGS, HOW HARD IS IT TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS
TO WOMEN THAT YOU’VE GOT TO EAT BETTER?
>>I THINK IT’S HUGE BECAUSE OF AVAILABILITY.
UNTIL RECENTLY, WE DIDN’T HAVE A LARGE NATIONAL
GROCERY STORE CHAIN IN THE CITY OF DETROIT.
UNTIL VERY RECENTLY, WHOLE FOODS CAME TO THE TABLE.
IT’S BEEN A SUCCESS, EVEN SURPRISING TO PEOPLE IN THE
COMMUNITY, THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE DESIROUS OF FOOD
THAT WAS NATURAL AND WITHOUT CHEMICALS.
>>TALKING ABOUT WHOLE FOODS, PEOPLE THINK IT’S SORT OF
SOME HIGH-END FANCY GROCERY STORE.
IT’S ACTUALLY JUST A NATURAL GROCERY STORE, WHERE YOU’RE
NOT GOING TO FIND PRODUCTS WITH HIGH FRUCTOSE
CORN SYRUP.>>YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE
THE CHOICES.>>IT’S ALL RIGHT THERE.
>>I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE. WE DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF
FARMERS MARKETS THE. IN THE SUBURBAN AREAS OF
DETROIT, THERE ARE FARMERS MARKETS.
DETROIT IS EVOLVING. THERE ARE INDIVIDUAL
NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE HAVING FARMERS MARKETS.
THAT’S A HUGE SHIFT TOWARD PEOPLE UNDERSTANDING THEY
NEED TO EAT NATURAL FOOD AND UNPROCESSED FOOD, TO HELP
WITH LONGEVITY AND WEIGHT CONTROL.
>>YOU MENTIONED STRESS, IT’S A CONTRIBUTOR.
THERE’S NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO THAT?
>>WELL, PROBABLY THE BIGGEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR
STRESS IS EXERCISE, WHICH TIES IN TO WEIGHT.
I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE MAINTAIN A REGULAR
EXERCISE REGIMEN. THE RULES ARE 30 MINUTES,
FIVE DAYS A WEEK. THAT MAY BE HARD TO DO —
>>THAT’S A LOT.>>THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE SAY,
BUT PEOPLE HAVE TO CHANGE THEIR LIFESTYLE A LITTLE
BIT AT A TIME. I DON’T THINK YOU CAN DO
THESE BROAD THINGS. RIGHT NOW I’M ON NO FRIED
FOOD AND SODA POP, ALONG WITH 4,000 PEOPLE AT
MY OFFICE. PEOPLE ARE NOT EMPTYING THE
SODA POP VENDING MACHINE.>>IF YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE
THAT, THOUGH, HOW LIKELY IS IT THAT YOU STICK WITH IT,
EVEN BEYOND WHAT YOU’RE CHALLENGING?
>>WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT HABITS IS IF YOU CAN DO
ANYTHING FOR 21 DAYS, YOU CAN KEEP IT UP FOR A LONG
PERIOD OF TIME, SO IT’S REALLY GETTING OVER THAT
THREE-WEEK HUMP. ONCE YOU DO THAT, GENERALLY
YOU CAN STICK WITH IT, AND IT CAN BECOME PART OF
YOUR LIFESTYLE.>>WHAT YOU SAY IS THE BEST
THING YOU COULD TELL YOUNG GIRLS ABOUT THIS ISSUE, SO
THAT THEY DON’T GET STARTED DOWN THAT ROAD OF —
>>ONE THING I CAN TELL YOUNG GIRLS IS TO INFORM
THEMSELVES ABOUT WHAT THEIR CORRECT BODY WEIGHT SHOULD
BE, AND LOOKING AT THE BMI TABLES IS GOOD.
RECOGNIZING THAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE A SLIGHTLY HIGHER BONE
WEIGHT, AND I MEAN FIVE TO EIGHT POUNDS, NOT 20 POUNDS,
SHOOT FOR THOSE RANGES. ALSO THINK ABOUT AN EXERCISE
PROGRAM YOU CAN MAINTAIN FOR LIFE.
IS IT WALKING, JOGGING, GOING WITH YOUR FRIENDS
SOMEWHERE AND TRYING TO INCORPORATE THAT ACTIVITY AS
PART OF YOUR LIFESTYLE, NOT BUYING A TAPE AND DOING IT
FOR THREE WEEKS AND THEN GETTING TIRED, BUT FIND
SOMETHING YOU ENJOY THAT YOU CAN DO FOR A LIFETIME.
>>IT’S A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE.
>>IT’S A PLEASURE.>>IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
>>>JUST AHEAD ON AMERICAN BLACK JOURNAL, A DETROIT
AGENCY IS HELPING TO REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT BY RETRAINING
RESIDENTS FOR JOBS IN THE CITY.
WE’LL TELL YOU ABOUT THE DETROIT TRAINING
CENTER NEXT. §>>THE DETROIT TRAINING
CENTER IS HELPING RESIDENCE PREPARE FOR THE WORK FORCE
BY PROVIDING CUSTOMIZED VOCATIONAL TRAINING.
STUDENTS GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN CONSTRUCTION,
LANDSCAPING, AND FACILITY MAINTENANCE.
THE CENTER PARTNERS WITH CONTRACTORS, BUSINESSES AND
NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP GRADUATES FIND
JOB OPPORTUNITIES. 92% OF THE GRADUATES HAVE
FOUND EMPLOYMENT, AFTER JUST ONE YEAR OF EXISTENCE.
DIRECTOR MARCUS JONES IS HERE WITH ONE OF THE
CENTER’S STUDENTS, ALVIN HICKS.
THIS IS A GREAT IDEA, AND FOCUSED ON ONE OF DETROIT’S
BIGGEST PROBLEM.>>WE STARTED ABOUT A YEAR
AGO WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE TO HELP PUT DETROIT RESIDENTS
BACK TO WORK AND INCREASE THE NUMBER OF JOBS AND JOB
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CITY OF DETROIT.
>>RIGHT, AND, AS YOU SAY, I MEAN, THIS IS ISSUE NO. 1 IN
MOST NEIGHBORHOODS, THAT NO. 1, THERE AREN’T ENOUGH
JOBS FOR PEOPLE TO WORK, BUT NO. 2, THAT PEOPLE DON’T
HAVE THE RIGHT TRAINING FOR THE JOBS THAT MAY
BE AVAILABLE.>>RIGHT.
SO TRADITIONALLY WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF COMPANIES.
THEY GIVE CONTRACTS, THE CITY GOVERNMENT, THE STATE,
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND THERE ARE REQUIREMENTS TO
HIRE LOCAL RESIDENTS FROM THE CITY.
HOWEVER, CITIES HAVE TRADITIONALLY SAID THERE
AREN’T ENOUGH SKILLED INDIVIDUALS IN THE CITY OF
DETROIT, AND BRING IN WORKERS FROM SUBURBAN AREAS
INTO THE CITY, AND WHAT THAT HAS DONE IS CREATED A
SITUATION TO WHERE ALL THE MONEY AND JOBS THAT COULD BE
GOING IS LEAVING THE CITY AND GOING BACK INTO
THE SUBURBS. AND THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE THE
SITUATIONS WHERE, YOU KNOW, LACK OF TAX REVENUE FOR THE
CITY, AND LACK OF INDIVIDUALS AND
NEIGHBORHOODS WITH STABLE JOBS.
>>RIGHT, RIGHT. AND SO YOU’RE ONE OF THE
STUDENTS AT THE TRAINING CENTER?
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE THERE.
>>WELL, DTC HAS BEEN GREAT FOR ME.
I’VE LEARNED A LOT OF THINGS.
I’VE GOTTEN A LOT OF GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FROM THAT.
I TRY TO PUT MYSELF OUT THERE SO I CAN DO ANYTHING,
VOLUNTEER WORK, AND PUT MY NAME OUT THERE SO I CAN
TRY TO GET JOBS.>>WHAT PART OF THE CITY DO
YOU LIVE IN.>>THE WEST SIDE OF DETROIT.
>>IN YOUR AREA, HOW HARD IS IT TO FIND STABLE WORK?
>>VERY, VERY HARD. BASICALLY THERE’S JOBS THAT
COME THROUGH, YOU SEE THE PEOPLE THERE, THE
CONSTRUCTION JOBS, BUT I DON’T SEE ANY
AFRICAN-AMERICANS OUT THERE ON THE JOB SITE.
SO EVIDENTLY THEY’RE GOING OUT FURTHER RECRUITING.
>>TO FIND PEOPLE AND BRING THEM IN, AND THAT’S GOT
TO — I MEAN, DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT’S BECAUSE THEY
CAN’T FIND PEOPLE IN THE CITY TO DO THOSE JOBS, OR —
>>I THINK IT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT SEARCHING HARD
ENOUGH TO FIND, BECAUSE THERE’S PLACES LIKE DTC THAT
DOES JUST THAT: TRAIN FOR THE CONSTRUCTION FIELD.
>>HOW DID YOU PICK THE AREA THAT YOU GUYS ARE FOCUSING
ON IN TERMS OF LANDSCAPING AND CONSTRUCTION?
IS THAT THE PLACE THAT YOU FEEL LIKE THERE ARE THE MOST
JOB OPPORTUNITIES?>>WELL, WHEN WE STARTED THE
COMPANY, WE ALL HAD BACKGROUNDS, THAT OVERLAPPED
IN ONE OF THE FIELDS, EITHER CONSTRUCTION OR LANDSCAPING,
FACILITY MAINTENANCE, SOME HEAVY-EQUIPMENT EXPERIENCE,
AND WE KNEW THAT THOSE WERE GOOD-PAYING JOBS
FOR INDIVIDUALS. YOU KNOW, THERE’S A STRONG
PUSH FOR PEOPLE TO GO TO COLLEGE AND GET A FOUR-YEAR
DEGREE AND COME OUT TO BE ACCOUNTANTS AND DOCTORS, AND
EVERYTHING LIKE THAT, AND THAT’S GREAT.
HOWEVER, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT AREN’T
COLLEGE READY AND DON’T WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE.
THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES NOW.
WE KNOW THAT WITH SHORT-TERM TRAINING PROGRAMS, IF THEY
CAN BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS A LOT QUICKER, WE
KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE WANTED TO WORK WITH THEIR HANDS.
DETROIT IS A SKILLFUL CITY. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WORKING
WITH THEIR HANDS –>>THAT’S HOW THE CITY
GREW UP.>>EXACTLY.
WE NEED MORE PEOPLE IN THOSE FIELDS, BECAUSE THOSE ARE
TRADES THAT ARE GETTING LOST NOW.
WE REALIZE THERE IS GOING TO BE A SHORTAGE AND THAT THE
SAME PEOPLE THAT WE CAN TRAIN TO NOT ONLY WORK ON
THESE JOBS CAN ALSO BE THE SAME ONES THAT CAN HELP
REMOVE BLIGHT FROM THEIR OWN BLOCKS AND COMMUNITIES.
>>TELL ME ABOUT THE KIND OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY YOU
FOUND SINCE YOU’VE GONE TO DTC.
>>WELL, I’VE DONE VOLUNTEER WORK FOR ACTV PROGRAM,
REMOVAL OFACE BESTOS, I’VE DONE — OF ASBESTOS, I’VE
DONE RENOVATION OF SEVERAL BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN, I’VE
ALSO ASSISTED WITH CHASE WHEN THEY HAD THAT FIRE DOWN
THERE RECENTLY, IT’S BEEN GREAT OPPORTUNITIES.
WITHOUT THAT, I WOULD HAVE BEEN ON MY OWN TRYING TO
FIND UNEMPLOYMENT THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH, THINGS OF
THAT NATURE, AND THAT’S BEEN SUCK –S THAT BEEN
SUCCESSFUL AS WELL, BUT NOT AS SUCCESSFUL.
>>WHAT WAS YOUR LIFE BEFORE YOU WENT TO DTC?
TELL ME HOW YOU FOUND JOBS, HOW OFTEN IT WAS, YOU KNOW,
YOU WERE ABLE TO FIND STEADY WORK.
>>WELL, BASICALLY, I WAS AT MICHIGAN WORKS, THEY
ASSISTED ME WITH JOB EMPLOYMENT, I DROVE TRUCK
ACROSS COUNTRY FOR ABOUT A COUPLE YEARS, AND THINGS
OF THAT NATURE. HOME IMPROVEMENT IS
SOMETHING I’VE BEEN DOING FOR QUITE SOME TIME, I DO
SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE AND THEY TELL THE NEXT PERSON
THAT, HEY, “HE DOES A GOOD JOB”, AND THEY SEE WHAT
I’VE DONE.>>AND GIVE YOU A CHANCE.
WHAT ABOUT IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
ARE MOST PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD FINDING
STEADY WORK?>>NO, NOT REALLY.
I MEAN, THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS IN MY
NEIGHBORHOOD, I MEAN, THE HOUSES ARE ABANDONED, AND
IT’S HORRIBLE, TO BE QUITE HONEST.
BUT THERE’S GUYS THAT’S WILLING TO WORK AND TRYING
TO WORK BUT CAN’T FIND EMPLOYMENT, AND THAT’S
ANOTHER THING: THEY NEED TO FIND A PLACE WHERE SOMEONE’S
WILLING TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO GO OUT THERE
AND DO SOMETHING.>>RIGHT, RIGHT.
IT SEEMS LIKE ONE OF THE KEY INGREDIENTS HERE IS
STABILITY, THAT YOU’RE TRYING TO GET SOME
EMPLOYMENT STABILITY FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T REALLY FIND
IT ON THEIR OWN.>>RIGHT, AND THAT’S WHERE
WE COME INTO PLAY. WE HELP GIVE THEM SKILLS AND
GIVE THEM CREDENTIALS, BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A DAY AND
AGE WHERE CREDENTIALS AND RESUME ARE REALLY HOW YOU
GET PAST THE GATEKEEPER. THEN THE SOFT SKILLS,
SHOWING UP ON TIME, BEING PROFESSIONAL, DRESSING FOR
SUCCESS, BEING POSITIVE. THOSE ARE THE SKILLS THAT
KEEP YOU ON THE JOB. THEY ALLOW YOU TO ADVANCE,
TO HIGHER PAY AND HIGHER POSITIONS ON THE JOB SITES.
THERE IS ALSO THE COMBINATION OF DIFFERENT
THINGS THAT ARE KEYS TO SUCCESS.
BUT THE MAIN ONE IS JUST BELIEVING IN THE INDIVIDUAL
AND WORKING COLLABORATIVELY WITH COMMUNITIES TO INSTILL
IN THAT PERSON THAT THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AND
CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY.>>SO YOU PLACE 92% OF THE
GRADUATES IN A JOB. TELL ME ABOUT SOME OF THE
PLACES THAT THEY’RE WORKING, SOME OF THE BUSINESSES WHO
ARE HELPING PLACE THEM IN WORK.
>>WELL, A COUPLE OF THE GOOD BUSINESSES, HAMTRAMCK
RECYCLING, IN HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN, THEY HAVE HIRED
OVER 20 SOMETHING RESIDENTS FROM EITHER DETROIT OR
HAMTRAMCK, AND WE’VE TRAINED THE WORKERS AT
THEIR FACILITY. NOW WE MEET THE REQUIREMENTS
SET BY FEDERAL REGULATIONS TO WORK IN THAT FACILITY,
BUT ALSO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR
ADVANCEMENT, HEAVY-EQUIPMENT SKILLS, TEACHING SAFETY HAD/
SUPERVISOR POSITIONS. THAT’S JUST ONE COMPANY.
WE ALSO WORK WITH A NATIONAL LANDSCAPING COMPANY.
THEY DO BIG PROJECTS ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.
WE HAD TWO GUYS WHO HAD SOME TROUBLES IN THEIR BACKGROUND,
AND NOW ARE GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY, THESE GUYS ARE
NOW SUPERVISORS. ONE STARTED OVER THE SUMMER
AS JUST A CREW MEMBER, AND NOW THEY’RE RUNNING CREWS.
AND SO WE’VE HAD VARIOUS SUCCESS FROM CONSTRUCTION TO
FACILITIES TO HEAVY EQUIPMENT, YOU KNOW,
ALL OVER.>>RIGHT.
YOU MENTIONED SOMETHING THERE ABOUT SOMEONE HAD A
LITTLE TROUBLE IN THEIR PAST.
THAT’S ONE OF THE BARRIERS TO GETTING WORK IN DETROIT,
BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD RECORDS.
>>RIGHT, EXACTLY. AND SO WE WORK WITH
INDIVIDUALS FROM ALL DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE AND
WITH BACKGROUND ISSUES. WHAT WE ADVOCATE FOR, WE SIT
DOWN WITH THE EMPLOYERS AND WITH DIFFERENT COMPANIES,
AND WE TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT BACKGROUND
BARRIERS, AND WE SEE WHICH COMPANIES ARE WILLING TO
HIRE THOSE WITH CERTAIN BACKGROUND ISSUES.
AND WE WORK WITH THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE THESE
BARRIERS TO HELP THEM OVERCOME SOME OF THESE
ISSUES BY PROVIDING THEM THOSE ADDITIONAL SKILLS,
BOTH THE TECHNICAL SKILLS AND THE SOFT SKILLS, BECAUSE
YOU CAN’T DO ONE OR THE OTHER; YOU HAVE TO DO BOTH.
FROM THERE, YOU’LL SEE THAT THESE GUYS WHO HAVE BEEN
RECENTLY RETURNED HOME ARE SOME OF THE HARDEST WORKING
GUYS OUT THERE.>>THEY WANT TO WORK.
>>EXACTLY, EXACTLY.>>YEAH.
AND HOW TOLERANT ARE YOU FINDING THE EMPLOYERS OF
THOSE ISSUES? I MEAN, THE ISSUE OFTEN IS
THAT EMPLOYERS WANT TO SAY, WELL, WE CAN’T TAKE PEOPLE
WHO HAVE HAD THAT ISSUE.>>WELL, THAT’S ONE OF THE
GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE INDUSTRIES THAT WE
WORKED IN. A LOT OF COMPANIES ARE MORE
LENIENT TO INDIVIDUALS WITH BACKGROUND ISSUES, AND SO WE
WORK WITH A LOT OF BACKGROUND-FRIENDLY
COMPANIES, WHEREAS WE’RE DOING AN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT
OR GENERAL CONTRACTOR THAT WORKS IN, YOU NORKS A
MEDICAL FACILITY, THEN WOULD BE A CHALLENGE.
BUT A LOT OF THESE PROJECTS, WE’RE WORKING IN THE DECHT
TRANSPORTATION, WE CAN HAVE THE INDIVIDUALS WORKING ON
OUR HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES, DIFFERENT THINGS LIKE THAT.
>>WHAT AREA OF THE CITY DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE HAVING
THE MOST WORK WITH?>>WE’RE ALL OVER THE CITY,
BUT THE NORTH END, WE WORK WITH A NUMBER OF ENTITIES UP
THAT WAY, THE FARM INITIATIVE.
WE TEACH CLASSES AT AN URBAN FARM, TEACHING
LANDSCAPE COURSES. WE GO IN, WE HELP TURN OVER
LAND AND HELP GET LAND PREPARED TO GROW FRESH CROPS
AND FRESH PRODUCE.>>ADDRESSING —
>>YEAH, WHERE WE CAN HAVE THOSE SPILLOVER IMPACT,
WE’RE NOT ONLY HELP THE INDIVIDUAL.
>>GREAT WORK, AND GREAT TO HAVE YOU.
>>>WE FEATURED THE JIM CROW MUSEUM.
IT WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED IN THIS TUESDAY’S EPISODE OF
THE PBS SERIES “THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN: MANY
RIVERS TO CROSS”. IT’S WRITTEN AND HOSTED BY
HENRY LOUIS GATES, JUNIOR. HERE IS A PREVIEW OF PART 4.
>>NEXT TIME.>>>WE’LL SHOW THAT SEPARATE
BUT EQUAL IS NOT GOING TO STOP US FROM
BEING SUCCESSFUL.>>THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS,
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS.>>BE SURE TO TUNE IN TO
“THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS” ON TUESDAYS
HERE ON DETROIT PUBLIC TELEVISION.
THANKS FOR TUNING IN. WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR
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TO MAKE MICHIGAN A BETTER PLACE?
>>EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT.>>WE’VE CREATED 500 JOBS
FOR YOUTH ALL ACROSS THE STATE.
>>INCREDIBLE.>>WOW, THAT IS FANTASTIC.
>>THIS IS LIKE A PAINT BY NUMBER, THIS WHOLE
THING, RIGHT?>>COMMUNITIES ARE SUCH
GREAT PLACES, AREN’T THEY?>>SURE ARE.
>>LOVE THE SIDING.>>MEASURE ONCE, CUT TWICE,
RIGHT?>>DTE ENERGY.
KNOW YOUR OWN POWER.>>>WHEN I GROW UP —
>>WHEN I GROW UP.>>I WANT TO BE AN
ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEER.>>A COMPUTER SCIENTIST.
>>A SUCCESSFUL PERSON.>>GIVE MICHIGAN’S CHILDREN
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16 thoughts on “Obesity & African-American Women / Detroit Training Center | American Black Journal Full Episode

  1. both presenters are out of shape. dieting and exercise is a joke in industrial society where what we do all day is sit on our butts and collect a check.

  2. They are BOTH overweight who would listen to her advice if she is so overweight herself – lose that fat – practice what you preach

  3. what are you talking about? black women get breast cancer less then white women. it is just black females die from it more.

  4. But is she talking about black women and black girls specifically because that's what the title suggests but she doesn't always make that clear

  5. If you are 165 and 5’5”, you’re literally overweight unless you’ve got the longest feet on the planet. Wtf is this lady talking about lol?

  6. Excuse, excuses… Soul Train blacks were skinny (in shape) today's black women are gluttons and exceedingly lazy. Diet and exercise are written in stone. Nonblack stone.

  7. I have a problem with women wanting to exercise after they gain about 100 LBS, you didn't think about exercising after you gained 40, and stop going after men who you turned down in highschool oh now you want to give them the time of day because you gain 150LBS NOPE KARMA IS A BIH AIN'T IT.

  8. 4 out of 5? That is a huge #. Even when they live near supermarkets, they prefer order fast food than home cook meal. It’s also cheaper to cook at home. I had a black neighbor. The entire family is fat.

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