Spelman Wellness Revolution

Nov. 1, 2012, Spelman College announces they will be moving beyond sports. President Beverly Daniel Tatum announces that the College will be leaving the NCAA and reallocating that money -- nearly $1 million -- and energy toward a campuswide fitness and wellness initiative. And the Spelman Wellness Revolution began.

Inside Higher Ed publishes Beyond Sports: Spelman Eliminates Sports in Favor of Campus Wide Wellness Initiative

Many colleges will do just about anything to get a bigger share of the ever-increasing revenue and recognition brought from participation in intercollegiate athletics. Spelman College is doing the exact opposite. The historically black liberal arts women’s college in Atlanta will announce today that it is completely eliminating intercollegiate athletics at the end of this academic year.

Dr. Tatum Pens a Letter to the Spelman Community

Whether it is diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, breast cancer or stroke, Black women are more likely to suffer from these ailments and die from them – early. All of these illnesses are linked to obesity and lack of physical activity. As a community, we are illiterate – illiterate about what it takes to maintain our health and wellness.

One-time volleyball star Carissa Steinmann, C'2014, shares how she has benefited from Spelman's Wellness Revolution.

"The more you get involved in the wellness program, you start to realize, you get more educated about the health disparities of African-American women," said Steinmann. "You start to take in what you are eating. My diet has changed since I learned about this wellness program."

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, dean of Morehouse School of Medicine, Joins the Wellness Revolution

"I’m not ever interested in someone being a size 6 or a size 2 – what I’m interested in is someone having the energy and the confidence to change the world," said Dr. Rice

Spelman Hosts a Day of Wellness with Oscar award-winning actress Mo’Nique

The campus was literally overrun with women engaged in important conversations about health and wellness during Spelman’s Wellness Revolution Roundtable: A Gathering of Experts, Advocates and Influencers on Women’s Health and Wellness. Students, faculty, staff and special guests took deep dives into various topics in a day of activities that were part of the College’s ongoing wellness initiative.

Alumna AJ Johnson Gets Involved

“Health and wellness happened first after losing my mom to cancer, and it escalated after the death of my dad,” Johnson shared. “I believe we all get deeply affected by a health scare or losing a loved one. I just decided to put my mourning into action.”

Dr. Tatum Pens "Fitness for All" Op-Ed for the New York Times

Whether it's diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, black women are more likely to suffer from these ailments -- and die from them -- at young ages. All are linked to obesity and lack of physical activity.

Spelman College aims to keep fit after ending team sport

The college's president Beverly Daniel Tatum told the BBC that African-American women are among the least healthy demographic groups in the US, with high rates of obesity and type two diabetes. She hopes the wellness programme will improve her students' lives in the long term.

Students make lifestyle changes

In the beginning, Danyelle Carter had only one thought: I'm going to die. The 7 a.m. boot camp workout class at Spelman College is a muscle-testing, lung-battering trial for even the fittest. And Carter feels no shame in admitting that for most of her young life, she has been far from fit.

Spelman Holds Its 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk

Over 700 individuals registered to participate in Spelman's first annual 5K run/walk.

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