Our Community Wellness Program
Royally Fit advocates being fit in every aspect of wellness and facilitates education, access and resources. People need to be mentally, physically and emotionally healthy in order to live their most balanced lives. Royally Fit achieves this through education, access, coaching and connections specifically targeting historically and disproportionately disadvantaged communities.
Addressing the pillars of holistic health, Royally Fit’s Community Wellness program consists of workshops, activities, screenings and challenges. Delivered in a mobile manner, Royally Fit facilitates daily programming for 12 weeks all of which teach community members how to improve their overall wellness.
This Community Wellness program is crucial for the city of Pittsburgh, especially for our city’s historically disadvantaged Black and Brown Communities. While Pittsburgh has been deemed the Most Livable City in America for several consecutive years, it also has a long standing history of segregation and racism which has been amplified, especially over the last year.
Published last September by the City of Pittsburgh’s Gender and Equity Commission, Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race Report illustrated just how staunchly disproportionate life is for Black residents in this city.
A few short months later, Pittsburgh found itself in a State of Emergency due to COVID-19, another situation that highlighted the lack of resources existent within Black and Brown Communities. In historically Black areas such as Homewood, where there are no grocery stores, no convenience stores, a single rundown clinic and a limited gym, residents struggled to survive during the 3 month quarantine. Royally Fit’s Community Wellness Program
If one also considers the consistent trend of police brutality, even here in the Steel City, the picture of life for Black Pittsburghers is bleak at best. All of these ingredients have allowed for the perfect storm, driving particularly, young Black residents out of the city in droves.
As Pittsburgh is striving to advance and become a metropolis of the East Coast, it is crucial that the culture of the city changes as well. It is oxymoronic to be making forward advancements in areas of medicine, technology and business while simultaneously driving out the very people that aided in building this city’s foundation, discouraging diversity.