Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for African-American men and women, killing nearly 100,000 annually.

In 2007, among African-Americans, cardiovascular disease was the cause of death in 32 percent of males and 35 percent of females.

For non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 43 percent of men and 46 percent of women have high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke.

Physical inactivity is more prevalent among African-Americans than Caucasians. Among non-Hispanic blacks, only 30 percent are considered regularly active.

Non-Hispanic black women are twice as likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic white women.