Walk raises health awareness for African American families

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Crowds were nearly 10,000 strong, according to event organizers, as families ran through Columbus in support of healthy living.

The purpose of the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative is to raise awareness for preventable health diseases. The event features a 5K walk or run to promote exercise. Free health screenings were also available to those in attendance.

This year marked the 11th year of the event in Ohio, spreading to a national initiative. The event has provided thousands of free health screenings and raised health awareness for families across the nation.

“The overall health and wellness of the community is dependent on the health of our men,” stated Brian Byrd, National Chairman and Deputy Chief with Toledo Fire and Rescue Department, in a news release. “African American males are dying from preventable diseases at nearly 10 times the rate of other men, and it is this fact that drives the mission of the AAMWW. It is our responsibility to raise awareness, educate, and guide our men to avenues of better health.”

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On August 15, walks will be held in Toledo and Youngstown. For more information, or to register, visit aawalk.org.

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