2017 Annual Celebration Walks

Begin Your Journey to Wellness at the Health Freedom Celebration Walks!!!

Join us for a journey that will motivate you to get in the best shape of your life while honoring those who traveled the route of the Underground Railroad thru Baltimore City and Montgomery County!  Join fellow Marylanders as we celebrate those who walked for freedom from the bondage of slavery and those who assisted in the struggle. The 3k Celebration Walks will highlight historical landmarks and inspiring stories of freedom seekers.  Other activities will include free health screenings, H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccinations, health information, local historians, free give aways and much more.

Experience the history of Underground Railroad like never before…

Saturday, June 10, 2017     Rural Legacy Trail            Sandy Springs, Maryland

Saturday, June 17, 2017     Druid Hill Park – Chinese Pavilion        Baltimore, Maryland

Registration begins at 8:00 am            Walk begins at 9:00 am

Walkers will be given a Health Freedom tee-shirt  an honor card with the name of an Abolitionist, Quaker, or a freedom seeker (former enslaved) of whom they will walk in honor and a Freedman Slave Tag keyring. For more information or to register, please call 410-669-6340 or email us at


14th Annual Health Freedom Walk to Memorialize Underground Railroad Journey

The 14th Annual Health Freedom Celebration Walk is taking place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Druid Hill Park – Chinese Pavilion. The three-mile walk is designed to provide Maryland residents the opportunity to learn about Baltimore’s important role in the Underground Railroad utilized by 19th century slaves by walking in honor of an assigned abolitionist, Quaker, free Black or freedom seeker. Walking groups or “Circle of Friends” groups are assembled 6 weeks prior to the walk to get individuals in shape for the big day.  The walking groups are led by trained Volunteer leaders called “Conductors”.

Recruitment for Walking Leaders is now underway.  The training is FREE! The Circle of Friends Walking Groups will begin in April.

It is time for us to take charge of our lives. Finding our “health freedom” can be one of the most rewarding experiences in our lives.  Make this your best year, the year of “Health Freedom”.

For information about starting a walking group or signing up as a conductor, call the Health Freedom office at 410-669-6340 or email us at

Happy New Year

The Health Freedom 2017 Program is in gear!   This year’s theme is  “UNITY”.  Our quote is :  “Where there is Unity there is always victory”.

Recruitment for Circle of Friends sites is underway.  Conductor’s trainings will be held in February and March.  The Circle of Friends Walking Clubs will begin the week of April 17.

The 2017 walks will include:  Montgomery County’s Rural Legacy Trail (June 10) and Baltimore City, Druid Hill Park (June 17).



14th Annual Health Freedom Celebration Walk

Join us for a journey that will motivate you to get in the best shape of your life while honoring those who traveled the route of the Underground Railroad thru Baltimore.  Join fellow Marylanders as we celebrate those who walked for freedom from the bondage of slavery and those who assisted in the struggle.  The 5K Celebration Walk will feature John Carrington, Heaven 600 News Reporter and Talk Show Host. Event  highlights will include historical landmarks and inspiring stories of freedom seekers.  There will be free health screenings, health information, local historians, free giveaways and much more.

Date:  Saturday, June 18, 2016

Location:  Middle Branch Park     3301 Waterview Avenue   Baltimore, MD 21230

Registration:  8:00 a.m.       Walk Begins:  9:00 a.m.

On-site Registration:  $20.00 (fee includes a Health Freedom tee shirt and Freedman Slave Tag key ring).

Cooking for the Heart of It…Church Cooks Workshop

Baltimore City dietitians are set to team up with the culinary ministries from around the city.  They will be sharing health strategies and nutritious recipes with the  group. This free workshop is funded by the Maryland State Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and is designed to help churches establish a healthy eating policy in preparing and serving food for church, community and family gatherings.

Some of the topics addressed will include:  (1) development of a healthy eating policy; (2) tips on planning nutritious meals; (3) healthy modifications for typical church suppers and (4) how to modify recipes to keep flavor.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Maryland and the United States.  Nutrition is a modifiable risk factor–something you can do for your congregation to help lessen their risk for heart disease and stroke.

The state legislature is considering mandatory policies to support a healthy food environment in churches.

This is your opportunity to be one of the first churches in Maryland to take part in this health initiative.  Give us a call  today(410-669-6340) to reserve your spot for this FREE workshop.

Workshop Date:  Saturday, April 30, 2016

Time:  9:30 am – 12:30 p.m.

Location:  Johns Hopkins Pro-Health, 1849 Gwynn Oak Avenue/2nd floor, Baltimore, MD 21207


Jeanne Charleston Selected as Recipient of AHA’s Watkins-Saunders Award

The American Heart Association recently announced that Jeanne Charleston, founder and Executive Director of Health Freedom, Inc. will be presented the prestigious Watkins-Saunders Award in a special ceremony at the American Heart Association’s Baltimore Heart Ball on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

The Watkins-Saunders Award, established in 2012, is named for its founders Drs. Levi Watkins, Jr. and Elijah Saunders. It recognizes excellence in clinical, medical and community work focused on diminishing healthcare disparities and it is given to an individual who champions the cause. This award honors outstanding commitment to overcoming health and community disparities and creates an opportunity to increase visibility of programs and initiatives that are helping bridge the healthy-equity gap. Past recipients include the Dr. Lisa Cooper, Director of Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities and Dr. Claudia Baquet, Director of the Center for Health Disparities at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Health Freedom associates, staff, program participants and friends share in this exciting recognition of Jeanne for her hard work and accomplishments.  In following her passion, she, along with the help of her supporters tirelessly pours her heart and soul into promoting a healthy lifestyle for the community at large.