Press Release

Laila Ali "a hit" with BHCC Students

Friday, March 1, 2013

Champion boxer turned women’s fitness advocate Laila Ali, daughter of legendary fighter Muhammad Ali, called on students at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to take control of their own health.

"We need to take care of ourselves now before we have a problem in the future,” said Ms. Ali, who spoke at BHCC on Thursday, February 28, as part of the College’s Compelling Conversations speaker series, which has brought such notables as actress America Ferrera, New York Times columnist Gail Collins, filmmaker Ken Burns, neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta and former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., to the campus.

A proponent of natural remedies and “eating clean” by avoiding processed food, Ali urged her audience to educate themselves about good nutrition and exercise.

“Other countries spend a lot of money and energy on preventing people from getting sick,” Ali said. “But in this country we make a lot of money from people getting sick. Where money is being made, it’s going to keep being made, so you can’t sit around and wait for someone to educate you on health.”

A 34-year-old mother of two, Ali revealed that she is currently in culinary school and that students should keep an eye out for her on the Food Network in the future. “I love to eat. I love to cook,” she said, adding sternly, “and thank God, I love to work out.”

A community college graduate and successful entrepreneur, Ali decided to become a boxer after seeing a women’s boxing match on television. Her father was not happy about the decision, she said. She gave up bad eating habits, started exercising, and went on to capture four championship belts. She was undefeated during seven years in the ring.

The experience left Ali a strong advocate for women’s fitness. She is a past president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes equality for women in professional sports. She currently hosts the ABC-TV show “Everyday Health.”

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About Bunker Hill Community College
Celebrating 50 years of excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).