The African American Male Wellness 5k Walk & Run

Category: Health & Wellness

Event Date:

Saturday, August 17, 2019


8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Warren AME Church
915 Collingwood Blvd
Toledo, OH 43604

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Chief Bryan Bryd




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The National African American Male Wellness Initiative (AAWALK) was established in 2004 to begin the process of making men understand, through prevention, one can live longer. The awareness campaign is the largest wellness initiative of its kind in Central Ohio (Columbus) and has expanded to Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo and Youngstown (Mahoning Valley). The wellness initiative has provided thousands of free health screening across the state of Ohio, resulting in recognition from President Obama and also by having August declared as African American Male Wellness Month by Governor John Kasich.

The overall health and wellness of the black community is dependent on the health of black men in the community. African American men are dying from preventable diseases at ten (10) times the rate of other men which drives the mission of the AAWALK.

Over the past 15 years the annual awareness campaign has begun with a 5K walk and run, and children’s pavilion. Unlike most other major walks/runs, AAWALK does not charge a registration fee to participate. Individuals and families participate entirely for free, including their walk registration, health screenings and post-race festival. 

AAWALK is dedicated to changing the health disparities among African American men and continues to be a leader in awareness for black men’s health by promoting men to:

1. Know your numbers
2. Get moving
3. Visit the doctor annually

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