Sisters in Shape, Inc. Fitness
Consultants (SIS) seek to empower African-American women by promoting
balance in physical, mental and spiritual health. The primary objectives
of SIS are to educate, stimulate and motivate women to make health and
fitness a priority. Our mission is to:
by increasing the knowledge and awareness of the benefits of leading
a healthy lifestyle.
Inspire by being totally committed to all
aspects of fitness, promoting spiritual, physical and mental health.
Show optimal results through effective instruction.
According to the American Heart
Association, African-American women are experiencing a heart disease
epidemic - dying of heart disease at a higher rate than all ethnic groups,
male and female. In fact, African-American women are at a 70% greater
risk of dying from a stroke, and a 35% greater risk of dying from a
heart attack relative to white women. This unfortunate situation could
be reduced if this population practiced a healthier lifestyle.
Melanie A. Marchand is the CEO
and President of Sisters In Shape Fitness Consulting. The New Orleans
native is a Chemical Engineer and acquired an MBA from the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. She has been a fitness instructor
for over 15 years and holds certifications in Lifestyle and Weight Management
Consulting (American Council on Exercise), Personal Training, Group
Fitness, Spinning and CPR. In 1998, when Melanie fully realized what
was happening to African-American women from a health perspective, she
resigned from a 14-year career in corporate America. Her new career
and spiritual path is to lead women of color to a higher quality of
life through exercise and proper nutrition.
**** Nutrition Counseling **** Exercise Program Design
Sisters In Shape
specializes in fitness consulting whereby those interested in improving
their fitness level may hire a personal trainer or consult with SIS
to customize a meal plan or design an exercise program. If you are looking
for a way to ease into a fitness routine or would like to work out in
an environment with other positive, motivated and inspired African-American
women, you should visit the new SIS group fitness and personal training
center at 1320 Somerville Ave.
Sisters In Shape
Classes are held at the new SIS
group fitness and personal training center at 1320 Somerville Ave.,
our new location. The prestigious fitness instructors who teach the
classes are energetic, high-spirited, and professional. You are guaranteed
to benefit physically, mentally and spiritually as you burn calories
and have fun. You'll create experiences to remember. SIS exercise class
offerings cover a broad spectrum including: yoga, kickboxing, African
dance, belly dance, pilates, Brazilian samba, stretch, hip hop, conditioning,
gospel aerobics, modern dance, line dance, strengthening and stretching
on a stability ball, and step aerobics. The objective of the SIS exercise
class program is to expose women to the many ways to train the body
and become fit.
Benefits enjoyed by those who
participate in SIS exercise classes include:
- a strong sense of camaraderie
and a commitment to health shared among sisters who want more out
- a sharing of fabulous energy
by a positive group of sisters with a common goal - to pursue a higher
quality of life through movement and transference of positive energy.
Since 1998, Sisters In Shape has
hosted several workshops and seminars to support the organization's
mission and motto which is:
Cultivate Healthy Families
SIS workshops cover
a broad variety of topics all stemming from the theme of total wellness.
The Sisters In Shape audience has enjoyed prominent speakers like, author
and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, Jewel Diamond Taylor,
and internationally renowned jazz musician and composer, Wynton Marsalis,
both of who shared strong life messages and spoke from the heart. Other
workshops included: African-American Women and Heart Disease featuring
Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Women and Self-Defense, The Basics of Strength
Training, Nutrition, Motivation - Striving for Excellence, Wellness
- discussing the benefits of massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, reflexology
and chiropractic care, Herbs and Daily Living, and, most recently, a
Healthy Holiday Cooking Demo.
Health Fairs and
Sisters In Shape participates
in many health fairs and fitness festivals in Philadelphia and the surrounding
areas. We offer master classes, fitness presentations and demonstrations
to organizations of varying backgrounds and sizes. If you would like
to discuss the possibilities of SIS participating in your event, just
give us a call at 215-329-TONE or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health & Fitness
Did you know?
- African-American women are
disproportionately affected by the burden of HEART DISEASE, OBESITY,
STROKE, and KIDNEY DISEASE !
- Coronary heart disease is
the NUMBER ONE killer of women, and 4 out of 5 women are unaware of
- 1 out of 10 American females
between the ages of 45 and 64 has some type of heart disease. This
applies to 1 out of 5 for those over 65.
- Heart disease is more prevalent
in African-American women than in white women by 69%.
- The National Center for Health
Statistics reports that more than ½ (54.3%) of Americans are
obese, with African-American women comprising the most overweight
segment of the US population, followed by Hispanic women.
- Obesity increases the risk
of heart disease by 50%.
- Hypertension is the leading
cause of stroke, which is more common in African-Americans.
- Exercising and smoking cessation
are the two best things you can do to prevent heart disease and stay
- The benefit of increased physical
activity may reduce the incidence of obesity and other related stressors
including: heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers.
- Heart disease risk factors
that we can change are: smoking, obesity, inactive lifestyle, stress.
Experts agree that ultimately,
the goal of overweight women should be to attain and maintain a
healthy existence that includes a nutritional diet and a safe exercise
routine. This may not only prolong their lives, but also result
in them looking and feeling their best.
Please visit the other segments
of the Sisters In Shape website:
Ø What's New
for class and workshop schedules and photographs.
Ø Mel's Bayou for encouraging words to maintain a
healthy mentality towards health and fitness. Also, latest trends
in the health & fitness industry.
Ø Mel's Bio for SIS President biography.
Ø SIS Guest Book to sign on and share your thoughts
Ø Philosophy for words to live by.
Ø Recipes for quick, healthy concoctions that taste
Ø SIS Talk to see what other readers are talking about.
Ø Join our mailing list!
Sisters In Shape, Inc.
1320 Somerville Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19141
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