“I truly do recognize how weight can affect so many aspects of your life and how we needed to address that,” Bynum said.
With the help of many people, including Dr. Keisha Gibson , a long-time friend of Bynum and co-wellness chairwoman at First Calvary Baptist Church, Bynum created a program called “Walking in Faith.” The American Academy of Family Physicians recently awarded Bynum with the Community Outreach Award for her program.
The program, which partnered with First Calvary Baptist Church, combines both nutrition and walking sessions to promote positive change within faith-based communities.
“I told her when she came to me, ‘I want you to be careful because this sounds extremely ambitious’,” Gibson said.
Bynum, among others, prepared lay leaders to educate program participants about a variety of matters regarding nutrition and exercise.
She said she saw the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship as an opportunity to reach out and help others battle obesity, specifically within the African-American community. The fellowship helps medical students who are trying to address unmet needs within the community.
Knowing how the church plays a large role in the African-American community, Bynum said she started small with the idea of partnering with a church organization, as well as instituting a program that addresses obesity.
However, Bynum not only wanted to help the participants in the program lose weight, but to also create a lifestyle change.