Chronic disease has been linked to 7/10 of deaths in the US, and includes both affluent and lower income communities alike. However, low income communities are more vulnerable to chronic disease and illness due to lack of adequate resources like health care, nutritious food, social support, and financial resources. Moreover, communities of color are disproportionately experiencing this cycle, which all but magnifies current systemic racial disparities.
Our very first location (112 Ormond St.) sits right in the intersection of the four metro Atlanta neighborhoods (Summerhill, Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, and Pittsburgh where 380 families under the poverty line (over half the families in the community) and over 60% of the population is Black/African American. These gaps hinder not only health outcomes, but also economic, social, and generational potential for families, communities, and our entire nation’s future. Such injustice seeks to strip individuals of their God given potential, vitality, and dignity. BUT, there is hope.
Physical exercise has been shown to not only prevent chronic illness, but has residual effects on children and families. Parents who exercise have healthier babies and more physically active children, which in turn prevents mental and physical illness, it improves academic and other developmental markers–setting children and families up for long-term success.
Therefore, we ask: What if EVERYONE had a personal coach to help them obtain health and vitality, showing them love and mercy along the way? What would happen to families? To the workforce? To our society? To address these questions, we created Noble Clay. Our work sits at the intersection of worth and humility—all people were created with immeasurable dignity, but can still be molded as an instrument for justice and good!
To read more about chronic illness, poverty, and these startling statistics check out these links: