The National Black Women's Health Project, a self-help and advocacy organization committed to improving the health of African-American women, enhanced an existing 1991 demonstration project, "Walking for Wellness."
The project encouraged groups of 6 to 10 women to engage in 20-minute walks under a trained walking leader three times a week, and supported monthly health education and self-help meetings.
In two years, the project accomplished the following:
- Established 15 new "Walking for Wellness" programs in 10 cities, comprising some 400 walkers.
- Recruited and trained 50 new walking leaders.
- Created health and exercise literature, including a training manual for leaders and a "Starter Kit" for new programs.