*National running group Black Girls RUN! (BGR!) and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Q Parker have partnered to motivate women to be healthy and active!

“We are excited to partner with Q Parker and to have his support in our 2013 initiatives. His commitment to promoting health and fitness in the African-American community aligns with our mission to create a movement to lower the percentage of women who are overweight or obese,” said Toni Carey, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!.  Q Parker will join BGR! during its inaugural Preserve the Sexy Tour, which kicks off in Nashville, Tenn. on January 5, 2013, as well as make appearances at future BGR! events including its 2013 National Conference and Race Weekend. Q Parker, the co-founding member of the multi-platinum group 112, is also a fitness enthusiast, advocating for healthy living through eating balanced meals and staying active.

“I am very excited about my new partnership with Black Girls RUN!. The beautiful members of BGR! are an inspiration to thousands of women who want to take control of their lives in every way. Partnering with BGR! in our common mission of increasing good health and wellness among women of color especially, is an honor for me. I am committed to using my national music and media platforms to helping spread the word about the great work BGR! does,” noted Q Parker.

Black Girls RUN!’s Preserve The Sexy Tour will travel to cities that have some of the highest obesity rates across the United States to host one day health and wellness clinics, including their exclusive “Walk Before You Run” training program. Q Parker will join BGR! on the tour, sharing his journey to health and wellness. The R&B artist has a long-standing commitment to encouraging a healthy lifestyle in the African-American community, including his Q Parker Fitness calendar which donates a portion of proceeds to breast cancer research and prevention. Parker will also host an exclusive listening sessions for BGR! members from his critically-acclaimed debut solo album ‘The MANual’throughout the tour.

For more information about the Preserve the Sexy Tour, please visit www.blackgirlsrun.com.

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About Black Girls RUN!
Black Girls RUN! is a national running group launched in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks. The organization has grown to include more than 60 running groups across the nation with more than 52,000 members. The group was created to combat the obesity epidemic among women in the African- American community and dispel the myth that black women do not run. The groups include beginner and experienced runners and provide a support system to help members reach their fitness goals. Black Girls RUN! provides a community and inspires all women to run. For more information about Black Girls RUN!, visit www.BlackGirlsRUN.com.

About Q Parker
Since 1997, 112 captured the hearts of many with songs like: “Cupid”, “Peaches & Cream”,“Anywhere” and defined a generation under the Bad Boy Era led by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Known as the heart-throb of the multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award Winning group, Q Parker is now also a solo artist/fitness enthusiast who has a mission to show women how they are to be loved and treated by a man. Relationships and male/female interactions are often hard to discuss, but Q has made it very simple to speak about from both perspectives with “The MANual”. For more information on Q Parker, visit www.QParkerMusic.com. Please follow Q Parker on Twitter @QParker112, Instagram @QParker112, www.facebook.com/QParkerMusic, Youtube.com/QParkerSings, and QParkerFitnessCalendar.com.