EmPOWERED and Well Healthier Church Challenge

In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the EmPOWERED and Well Heathier Church Challenge is moving online. 

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Live EmPOWERED and Well Faith Town Hall

Topic: COVID-19 Town Hall 10:30 a.m. EST/9:30 a.m. CTL/7:30 a.m. PST, this Saturday, April 4 

Instructions for joining the Town Hall Meeting

We are hosting a live EmPOWERED and Well Faith Town Hall with the American Heart Association’s Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, and Pastor Sonjia B. Dickerson of Dayspring Family Church at 10:30 a.m. EST/9:30 a.m. CTL/7:30 a.m. PST, this Saturday, April 4. 

Dr. Sanchez will provide the latest updates on COVID-19 and advice on what you can do to help your church congregants and community stay healthy while sheltering in place. Pastor Dickerson will share words of inspiration on how we will get through this public health crisis together and her testimony of transformation in the Healthier Church Challenge.

There is a maximum capacity of 500 participants. How to join the Town Hall on April 4.

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.

In Person Health Lessons  

Here are the tools you need to complete the Healthier Church Challenge. Use these health lessons to guide your congregation through the 12-week program. Access the links below to download the tools and resources.   

You will learn:

Week 1 You're the Cure

Week 2 Know Diabetes by Heart

Week 3 Control Your Blood Pressure 

Week 4 Have Faith in Heart

Week 5 Learn the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Week 6 Create Smoke-Free Communities

Week 7 Eating Smart with Fruit and Vegetables

Week 8 Salt and Cardiovascular Risk

Week 9 Keep the Beat- Learn Hands Only CPR

Week 10 Make Life Sweet, Not your drink

Week 11 Get Active

Week 12 Spot a Stroke: FAST

Online Health Lessons

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Week 7- Eating Smart with Fruits and Vegetables

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Week 8 - Salt and Cardiovascular Risk

Week 9- Keep the Beat - Learn Hands Only CPR

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Week 10 - Make Life Sweet, Not Your Drink

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Week 11 - Get Active

Week 12 - Spot a Stroke Fast

Healthier Church Challenge Video Gallery

Help  your church expand its culture of health and wellness initiatives. 

Program details

  • The 12-week pilot program kicks off in  Feb. 2020.
  • Locations: Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dallas,  Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.
  • Science-based health education and coaching.
  • Weekly one-hour health and wellness sessions.
  • Wellness sessions that will empower you to help improve your health in harmony with your faith.


  • Participating faith organizations will receive stipends to support their health ministries.
  • The opportunity to receive additional financial support and special giveaways
  • The top two organizations will each receive an additional $5,000 as well as a wellness celebration at their church.

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Tamela Mann talks Health Journey as heard on Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell

Listen to Tamela Mann on Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell where she shared her journey and excitement about the EmPOWERED & Well Healthier Church Challenge that’s kicking off in January. 

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