UnitedHealthcare and the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show Host
Class and Competition to Recognize and Reward Exercise-Friendly
Hairstyles for African-American Women Aug. 21
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and celebrity stylist Elgin
Charles will speak and act as guest judges at the event
Second annual ?Hair Fitness? class and competition at the Bronner
Bros. International Hair Show will recognize and reward innovative,
UnitedHealthcare and the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show are
hosting the second-annual ?Hair Fitness? competition for
exercise-friendly hairstyles at the International Hair Show Aug. 21 at
the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The Hair Fitness competition raises awareness among stylists for the
need to balance beauty and health. Stylists will compete to design the
most innovative and exercise-friendly hairstyle. The grand-prize-winning
stylist will be awarded $5,000, and the winning styles will be
publicized nationally. UnitedHealthcare will also offer a free
exercise-friendly hair seminar for stylists to learn skills and
techniques for creating hairstyles that are easy to maintain and enable
women to make exercise an ongoing part of their daily routine.
The event will kick off with the ?Styling Healthier Futures? class at 10
a.m. EDT on Sunday, Aug. 21. A Bronner Bros. master hair stylist will
demonstrate new tips and exciting techniques for exercise-friendly hair.
At 2 p.m., UnitedHealthcare will host Hair Fitness, a contest of
exercise-friendly hairstyles. The contest will feature special guests
Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., Surgeon General of the United States, along
with celebrity hairstylist Elgin Charles, known as the ?Emperor of Hair?
and star of VH1?s Beverly Hills Fabulous, and Amy Hilliard, a
prominent African-American entrepreneur and exercise enthusiast.
?As the Surgeon General of the United States, my number one goal is to
improve the health of the nation, and I?m proud to join with First Lady
Michelle Obama to attack this problem head-on,? said Dr. Benjamin. ?I
know first-hand the important role salons play in our African-American
culture. I look forward to being an honorary judge of the Hair Fitness
competition and to sharing the lessons we learn from this throughout the
This initiative is inspired by the alarming rates of obesity among
African Americans. According to the 2010 edition of America?s Health
Rankings?, the prevalence of obesity among African Americans exceeds
30 percent in 37 states, which dramatically outpaces obesity rates for
Caucasians and poses serious health consequences for those affected. In
addition, studies show that many African-American women avoid certain
kinds of fitness activities in order to maintain their hairstyle, citing
the time and cost involved.
?We want to help African-American women keep their great style and keep
fit at the same time,? said Reed Tuckson, M.D., executive vice president
and chief of medical affairs at UnitedHealth Group. ?We recognize that
stylists play a powerful, yet often underappreciated, role in the health
of their clients, and we hope that by working with them as a group we?ll
be able to help African-American women everywhere realize they can look
beautiful and be active and healthy at the same time.?
?I came to align myself with UnitedHealthcare?s Hair Fitness initiative,
because, while hair is my business, being of service is my passion,?
said Charles. ?There are a disproportionate number of African-American
women being diagnosed with serious health conditions like high blood
pressure and diabetes when compared to women of other ethnicities.
Whatever role hair may be playing in their lifestyle choices, I simply
want these beautiful ladies to know that they should not and do not have
to let their hair compromise their health.?
The Bronner Bros. International Hair Show Hair Fitness competition will
include three categories: low-impact workout, which involves little to
no sweat and hair maintenance and would require only one
shampoo/condition per week; moderate impact workout, which involves
modest sweat and hair maintenance and would require 1-2
shampoo/conditions per week; and high-impact, which involves profuse
sweating and would require 2-3 shampoo/conditions per week. The stylists
will be judged on the technical execution of the styles, originality,
suitability and head contour, and new ideas. The hair show will give the
audience ideas for clients who are looking to become more active and
health conscious, while maintaining their hair regimen at the same time.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to
helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health
care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and
sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers
the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers
and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with
more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals
nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is
one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified
Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
Source: UnitedHealth Group