The Rho Mu Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (AKA) celebrated the completion of 18 consecutive Saturdays of walks at Anacostia Park on Aug. 31. The group started walking May 4 with a goal to improve health and wellness in the community and reduce the risk of heart disease. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)
The Rho Mu Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (AKA) celebrated the completion of 18 consecutive Saturdays of walks at Anacostia Park on Aug. 31. The group started walking May 4 with a goal to improve health and wellness in the community and reduce the risk of heart disease. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

Alpha Kappa Alpha [AKA] Sorority, Inc., Rho Mu Omega Chapter celebrated the culmination of a health and wellness program: “8,000 Steps DC – #8KSTEPSDC Community Walking Group,” Saturday, Aug. 31, at Anacostia Park in Southeast.

With just eight participants, Rho Mu Omega kicked off 18 consecutive Saturdays of walks on May 4, 2019. Since then, more than 90 sorority and community members have walked primarily along the scenic Anacostia River but also trekked through Rock Creek Park, the U.S. National Arboretum, and Howard University.

“The goal of the walking group is to move the community to improve their health and wellness, reduce risk of heart disease, and to have fun with AKA members at the same time,” said Rho Mu Omega Chapter President Holli Townsend.

#8KSTEPSDC follows the lead of Dr. Glenda Glover, the International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She challenged members to routinely include 8,000 steps in their wellness activities. Under its International Program, Alpha Kappa Alpha is raising awareness of critical health issues impacting African-American women, including heart health, nutrition, breast cancer, and care for caregivers.

At last count, the Community Walking Group was close to reaching 8 million steps and hopes to achieve that goal on Saturday.

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