More than 10,000 women are already participating in the 10,000 Black Vegan Women movement, which began on Oct. 5.

Award-winning author and public health nutritionist Tracye McQuirter launched the free online program to help Black women — who experience the country’s highest rates of preventable chronic diseases — transition to a plant-based diet.

A vegan for 33 years, McQuirter created a series of cooking videos, meal plans, plant-based recipes, grocery shopping lists, meal prep guides, and nutrition tips.

“I’m beyond thrilled that 10,000 women (and counting) have signed up for the 10,000 Black Vegan Women movement,” McQuirter said in a press release provided to Lady Freethinker. “With all that’s going on in this country and the world right now, it’s no small act that 10,000 Black women are taking this time to focus on their health. I’m honored to be their guide on this potentially life-changing journey. This is just the beginning!”

The 21-day program runs through October 25 and comes with a downloadable Fresh Start guidebook, which includes three week-long plans that gradually transition participants to plant-based eating.

Throughout the journey, women will have 24/7 access to a private Facebook group, twice-weekly live online calls with McQuirter and guests, online cooking classes, and virtual fitness classes provided by a certified fitness coach.

Participants also will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the 21 days, and there will be an online celebration marking their accomplishments.

“I truly want to change the health paradigm of Black women,” McQuirter said. “We are leaders in so many progressive ways, but we are in a crisis when it comes to our health. And while there are many reasons for this, we have the power to take back our health. Eating affordable, nutritious, and delicious plant-based food is one of the best ways for us to get healthy now and for the rest of our lives.”

Tracye McQuirter