The National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (“AAWalk”) is the nation’s only 5k walk/run event solely dedicated to raising awareness and addressing the health needs of African American men. This year, we're excited to bring this initiative to Washington DC to make sure that we address and adequately meet the needs of the African American community in Washington, D.C. In recent years, Washington D.C. has consistently ranked in the top two of the nation’s fittest cities. However, African American residents in the District, specifically native Washingtonians in Ward 7 and Ward 8, are being left behind as they continue to suffer from stark health disparities. According to a report published in June of 2016 by Georgetown University, African American Washingtonians are:
6 times more likely to die from diabetes-related complications
3.5 times more likely to be obese 3 times more likely to smoke
3 times more likely to die from prostate cancer
2 times more likely to die from coronary heart disease and
2 times more likely to die from a stroke
Expected to live 15 years fewer than their White male counterparts
For these reasons, the 2018 Washington D.C. AAWalk will be held in the Southeast region of the City where African Americans make up over 90% of the population. We aim to empower the African American men in Washington D.C, specifically those residing in Ward 7 and Ward 8, to take charge of their personal health by encouraging them to know their numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar), live a healthy and active lifestyle, and get annual visits to the doctor. AAWalk participants will receive free health screenings, access to local health providers, and tons of helpful information from health vendors including fitness trainers, nutritionists, chefs, mental health professionals and more! Please Donate To This Worthy Cause! For additional information, please feel free to visit our website at https://www.aawalk.org/dc. This is an incredible initiative that will undoubtedly have an impact on Black health.