Your health is grounded in faith. Our approach is grounded in science.

Black women are three times as likely to suffer from sudden cardiac death compared to white women; half of African Americans live with obesity, increasing their risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a 2019 Duke University study.

About the Healthier Church Challenge

The virtual Healthier Church Challenge empowered people to improve their health in harmony with their faith. Churches in Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., participated. 

The 12-week pilot program, which kicked off in February 2020, included science-based health education and coaching, weekly health and wellness sessions, and stipends to support the churches’ health ministries.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Healthier Church Challenge transitioned to live health lessons hosted via Zoom. The final lesson took place May 30. The 12 health lessons were re-created in Adobe Connect Learning environments for future participating churches, and are available below.

To complete the Healthier Church Challenge, participants must take health lesson quizzes five through 12 by June 10.
Two top churches will each receive $5,000 and a wellness celebration.
Look for the announcement of the winning churches to be coming soon.
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Healthier Church Challenge Video Gallery

What is EmPOWERED to Serve ?

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EmPOWERED to Serve is a platform inspired by American Heart Association multicultural volunteers around the country who are passionate about driving change through health justice and empowerment in their communities. 

These committed ambassadors are impacting gaps in health equity through advocacy, policy, education and social change. 

Sponsor Recognition

WW is proud to support the American Heart Association® in ensuring equitable health and quality of life for all.

Sponsor Recognition