Limited Impact of 'Walking for Wellness' Program Taken in Stride

Implementation of a health education program for low-income women

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.

Key Results

  • 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.