Our Programs

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
-charles d. gill


Race for Lung Life

CEN hosts Race for Lung Life, an annual, non-competitive, family-oriented 5K run/walk that raises funds for lung cancer research, encourages others to learn the facts about the disease, and helps end the stigma associated with it.

The event is held in memory of Wilhelmina Bell-Taylor, CEN’s founder and former Chair, and lung cancer heroine who never smoked a day in her life. She fought courageously from the moment she was diagnosed in April 2004 until she passed away on April 24, 2008.

For more information about Race for Lung Life, call (240) 330-5151.


Honoring My Temple

Obesity has fast become an important public health issue garnering national attention. Teenagers in America are not immune to the challenge of obesity. In fact, rates of obesity among teenagers have been on the rise for decades.

Current estimates vary, but one recent study showed that more than 18 percent of U.S. teenagers aged 12–19 are obese. Being overweight or obese can put teenagers at risk for health problems and chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

To combat these alarming statistics, CEN collaborated with BETAH Associates, Inc., a minority- and woman-owned firm with expertise in public health initiatives including programs related to obesity, to help teenage girls take steps to adopt healthy habits and prevent obesity. The collaboration has resulted in the development of the Honoring My Temple Sisterhood Circle (HMT), a faith-based program to prevent obesity and overweight among teen girls.

HMT is not a weight-loss program. It is a health and wellness program, focused on long-term sustainability and prevention of future chronic disease and illness. It provides a supportive environment by educating through a group format in which participants connect with others who share mutual experiences, find reassurance through mutual understanding, and learn new and updated information, suggestions, and tips. The program incorporates a spiritual approach to achieving health and wellness in order to improve health outcomes for teenage girls and members of their churches and communities, with the end goal being the prevention of obesity among youth.

The goal of the program is to provide critical obesity prevention information, resources, tools, and training that will lead to sustainability and growth of church-wide obesity prevention programs that improve the health of individuals and entire families.


Did You

  • More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.
  • Since 1987, more women have died each year of lung cancer than from breast cancer.
  • Although 85% of lung cancer diagnoses occur among current or former smokers, 15% of lung cancer patients never smoked a day in their lives.