Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is excited to sponsor the second annual Live Your Healthy Lyfe block party! Live Your Healthy Lyfe is a North Minneapolis health and wellness block party designed to encourage community members to build trusting relationships with health and wellness experts and other area resources.
Join the fun on Saturday, August 12, from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the West Broadway corridor between Logan and Penn Avenues. Be sure to stop by the Twin Cities Habitat booth and put your cornhole skills to the test!
In addition to fun and educational booths, Live Your Healthy Lyfe will feature musical performances, food trucks, mental and physical healthcare screenings and consultations, children’s activities, and more. Stage performances will be guided by emcee and comedian Bruce Leroy, with entertainment provided by International Reggae All-Stars, TKO Drumline & Knockout Dance Team, the Grace Apostolic Church choir, and author Shayla Reaves. It’s going to be a block party that not only feeds people’s bodies and minds, but also their souls.
Live Your Healthy Lyfe comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic when racism was amplified as a public health crisis. African Americans are dying at the highest rate of any race within the U.S. Health disparities amongst African Americans are the highest in Minnesota and nationally, especially concerning cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension (i.e., blood pressure), heart failure, and other cardiac-related diseases. African Americans are also offered standard treatment options (such as medication or therapy) at lower rates in comparison to the general population in the U.S.
In Minneapolis, nearly 84 percent of the Northside is comprised of Black and brown people, with the highest concentration of Black-owned Northside businesses on West Broadway Avenue, between Penn and Logan Avenues - the location of Live Your Healthy Lyfe. It's crucial we address these concerns together to advance racial equity in the Twin Cities.
Live Your Healthy Lyfe is coordinated by a coalition of North Minneapolis business and community leaders. “Lyfe” is spelled with a ‘y’ to highlight that this event is about asking questions like ‘why’ and finding answers. The community seeks to be its own catalyst for sustainable change, providing information and resources that will continue to drive better health-related choices and outcomes. Now is the time to collectively reimagine a healthy Northside with action and input from Black voices and allyship.