The African American Male Wellness Walk (AAMWW)
Saturday, August 4th 2018
Every year African American men die prematurely from preventable diseases at 10 times the rate of other men. This statistic is staggering but preventable. On Saturday, August 4th 2018 at Gateway DC Pavilion, men, women, and children will come together at the Annual National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative 5k Walk/Run to raise awareness in the area of health disparities amongst African American men.
The National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (AAWALK) was established in 2004 with the goal of making men understand that through prevention, one can live longer. Over the past 14 years, the annual awareness initiative has provided thousands of free health screenings, and made a tremendous impact in communities across the country, receiving National recognition from former President Barack Obama. This event is an inclusive initiative for everyone!
The AAWALK initiative is dedicated to changing the health disparities among African American men and continues to be a leader in awareness of Black men’s health. The event begins with participants receiving up to 20 various types of free health screenings, access to various local healthcare providers, and life services information from various vendors across DC and the greater Tri-State region. Following the screenings, thousands of participants will take to the streets to embark on the 5k walk/run where they will be greeted at the finish by a celebratory festival encompassing healthy food, live entertainment, live cooking demonstrations, a children’s pavilion, panel discussions and much more.
Get involved, join us on August 4th, and help us continue to make a difference in our communities through this life-saving work!
Healthy Men Make Healthy Families, and Healthy Families Make Healthy Communities! Join the Movement!
Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2004, the AAWalk works to combat the alarming numbers of African American men dying from preventable diseases. To date, the AAWalk averages upwards of 20,000 annual participants and has expanded to several cities outside of Ohio, including Washington, D.C. On Saturday, August 4th at RFK Stadium, men, women, and children will come together for the 2018 Washington D.C. AAWalk to raise awareness and take action to combat the health crisis facing African American men.
Black Men’s Health – Why We Can’t Wait!
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 recent 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 (Men)
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. AA Walk 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!
– TO WALK WITH WHUT –