Frequently Asked Questions

How is the EmPOWERED and Well Virtual Faith Community different from the EmPOWERED and Well Healthier Church Challenge?

The American Heart Association is making science-based health lessons from the EmPOWERED and Well Healthier Church Challenge available to faith-based communities across the country. We’re reaching out to people of all denominations, cultures and backgrounds to help inspire mental, physical and spiritual health and well-being during the pandemic and beyond.

The EmPOWERED and Well Healthier Church Challenge is sponsored by WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers. It’s a pilot program in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.

  • The challenge supports and expands the health and wellness activities of black women and their faith-based communities.
  •  The 12-week program began in early February and will culminate with community celebrations at two winning churches.
  • The in-person meetings have moved online and will occur every Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. ET, April 11.
  •  Faith organizations are providing weekly one-hour health and wellness sessions. They’ll receive stipends to support their health ministries and will be eligible for additional stipends as well as support for wellness celebrations.

The EmPOWERED and Well Virtual Faith Community health lessons consist of the 12 weekly, 30-minute EmPOWERED and Well Healthier Church Challenge health lessons that were developed by the American Heart Association.

  • They are available to faith-based communities from all denominations, cultures and backgrounds.
  • They are not sponsored by WW.
  • The health lessons connected to any financial incentives or wellness celebrations.
  • The lessons is self-paced and can be watched or listened to live via Zoom or later as recordings.

What is EmPOWERED to Serve?

The EmPOWERED and Well Virtual Faith Community is part of the American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED to Serve platform. It’s inspired by volunteers who are passionate about driving change through health justice and empowerment in their communities. These committed ambassadors are addressing gaps in health equity through advocacy, policy, education and social change. For more information, visit empoweredtoserve.org.