The struggle of being a small business has been real this past year. Our local fitness and wellness businesses in Harlem — in large part owned by women and people of color — have been particularly hard-hit, as small businesses that depend on group classes have not been able to fully open their doors now since March 2020. By our count, more than 40 percent of Harlem-based fitness businesses have closed their doors permanently. This is a deep blow for a community of fitness and wellness providers that had really begun to grow and thrive in the 5-10 years before the pandemic hit. And for a community that is already facing high rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
How to support:
🏋🏿Call your electeds and tell them you’re in support of the GYMS Act, which would increase the level of federal funding available for the health and wellness sector.
🧘🏾♀️Show the love: Most local fitness businesses are run by women and people of color, all of whom want to be here for the health of Harlem long-term. Love them up on social, then sign up for online training, small-group sessions, and even classes in the park: