African American Male Wellness Walk-Run to Returns to New Orleans in September

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“We are excited about building upon our momentum from the inaugural 2016 walk/run and we expect even more participation this year,” said Bishop Tom Watson of Watson Memorial Ministries, the founding chairman of the event. “Now more than ever, we must continue to advocate for and educate African American men, and all New Orleans residents for that matter, about the importance of healthy living and preventative care.”

New Orleans’ first Wellness Walk-Run in 2016 attracted an estimate 3,000 participants, volunteers, and organizations. This year, organizers want to see even more organizations, healthcare professionals, and families come out to take part in the event.

Though the AAMWWI targets the health of American American males, all of the 2017 walk-run activities are free and open to the public and everyone in the community is encouraged to participate. Live entertainment from local DJs and musicians will kick off the event, which will include free on-site health screenings and exercise sessions before the 5K race kicks off.

Earlier this week at an event at Dooky Chase’s hosted by Entergy New Orleans CEO Charles Rice and featuring AAMWWI founder John Gregory, it was announced that Cedric Richmond, 2nd District Congressman and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, will serve at Honorary Chair for the AAMWWI this year. Richmond challenged the New Orleans community to take part in the event, which is focused on raising awareness for preventative diseases primarily found in African American males.

“With current efforts underway in Congress to dismantle the Affordable Care Act despite its benefits for so many Americans who couldn’t afford health care before, it is now more important than ever to make sure that our men embrace the importance of early health screenings and regular check-ups,” stated Congressman Richmond.

Learn more about the AAMWWI here