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We are excited to announce the 20th year Anniversary of the Annual African American Wellness Walk that will be held as a 2-week virtual walk/run event from August 3 – August 14, 2020 and then end with a “Post-Race Virtual Party” on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. A Zoom Link will be emailed to all registrants/participants
The African American Wellness Walk (AAWW) was established in 2000 to raise awareness and combat the heart health disparities for African Americans. The walk has since evolved to address the alarming underlying health conditions that plague our families and friends in minority communities.
The current events and continued inequitable treatment in our country gives us a greater opportunity to transform and evolve the African American Wellness Walk to include the life experiences that impact health outcomes of African Americans. According to the 2019 Community Health Assessment by Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, Black babies die at a rate that is four times higher than White babies. Black women are less likely to receive adequate prenatal care and are 2x as likely to have a low-birth weight baby compared to White women. Across Montgomery County, Black men have higher rates of heart disease, stroke, prostate cancer, and diabetes when compared to the countywide average. The total average lifespan for a Black man in Montgomery County is only 65.5 years – this is six years less than White man and 13 years lower than White women.
This year marks a major milestone – the 20th year anniversary of the African American Wellness Walk. The walk has typically been held during celebration of Juneteenth, a commemorative day representing the freedom of African Americans from slavery. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and social distancing, the walk has been postponed until August 2020 and reimagined as a virtual walk. As part of the “virtual” walk, we are inviting everyone within the community to join us to work toward the eradication of disparities that exists in minority communities.
The Mahogany's Child Fund is manager by the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation. All proceeds will go towards the donation of COVID Kits to local churches and community centers in East and West Dayton to distribute to people in need. Each kit will contain: a thermometer, masks, hand sanitizers, paper towels, and toiletries.
The Premier Health - Daily Walk Challenge challenges you to walk every day during your lunch-break for 30 minutes from August 3-14, 2020.
If you are a Premier Health employee, join your site leaders for a lunchtime walk. Details and schedule to be announced!
Walk or run 8.46 miles in honor of George Floyd. Those who complete the Super Social Justice Challenge will receive a shout-out during the Post-Race Virtual Party.
The African American Wellness Walk is going Global!
Show that together we stand for justice and equality for our African American friends and families who are disproportionately affected by health-related issues. Help us get 2020 participants from all 50 states to celebrate 20 years promoting physical, mental, emotional, and social health and justice in our community. Invite your co-workers, friends and families from all over to walk 3 miles between August 3rd and 14th. You can do the walk all at once, or a little bit every day. Break out your premier gear and post pictures - on Social Media and Yammer #AAWW - of you participating in this one wall for all races!
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