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'GirlTrek Detroit': Promoting healthy lifestyles for women in the city

A group of women called "GirlTrek Detroit" comes together weekly to exercise and promote a healthy lifestyle in Detroit. GirlTrek is a national organization that started three years ago, and there are chapters all over the country.

"Two African American women, Vanessa Harrison and Morgan Dixon, got together because they were tired of seeing their sisters, grandmothers, aunts die of preventable diseases when walking 30 minutes a day could cure it. Our hero is Harriet Tubman because she walked to free herself and that's what we're doing, following in her footsteps," said Karmen Curry, one of the GirlTrek Detroit members.

The Detroit chapter calls themselves the"Team Indigo Girls," and you can normally catch them walking through Detroit neighborhoods early on Saturday mornings wearing their bright blue shirts and sweatshirts.

However, the team decided to walk inside of Fairlane Mall Saturday morning because of the colder weather. "We have lots of fun just walking and talking. We walk our problems away.

We're problem solvers as we walk. GirlTrek has challenged me in ways I never thought I possible," Curry said. There are about 3,000 members in Metro-Detroit, and they also participate in marathons together throughout the year.

They are currently participating in a "40 Day Gratitude Trek," and they are on day 27. They also walk throughout the week. "

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