The National African American Male Wellness Initiative (AAWALK) was established in 2004 to empower men to better understand chronic disease prevention, so that one can live longer. The awareness campaign is the largest of its kind, with its humble beginnings in the State of Ohio. The Wellness Initiative has provided thousands of residents free health screenings across the state of six cities: Atlanta, GA., Charlotte, NC, Indianapolis, IN, New Orleans, LA, Renton, WA and Washington, DC, resulting in recognition from former President Obama and also by having August declared as African American Male Wellness Month by former 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 AAWALK.