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Leading Experts Discuss How to Reset and Improve Your Health Trajectory


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ATLANTA (Nov. 27, 2012)
– In the midst of the holiday season, when it’s challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle, leading experts will gather at Spelman College to address, “Black Women and the Wellness Revolution: Why We Can’t Wait.” Part of the “Hot Topics” speaker series, presented by the Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, this panel discussion will delve into major health issues affecting African-American women. Experts will provide practical information on what women can do to eliminate poor health and fitness habits and focus on solutions that stress eating better, moving more and sleeping well.

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 at an earlier age when compared to women of other ethnicities.  All of these illnesses are linked to obesity and lack of physical activity. Attendees will walk away from this discussion with tools they can use to immediately reset their health trajectory.

This event is free and open to the public

*A.J. Johnson, C’85, wellness expert, founder, THE AJZONE
*Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, dean and executive vice president, Morehouse School of Medicine 
*Lovette Russell, C’83, member, Spelman College Board of Trustees 
*Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., president, Spelman College

Thurs., Dec. 6, 2012
6 p.m.


Sisters Chapel
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314

This panel discussion is part of the new “Hot Topics” speaker series presented by the Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement headed by Jane E. Smith, Ph.D., executive director. This series brings industry leaders to the campus to discuss trending issues and current affairs. For more information on the series and to see a schedule of upcoming speakers, visit LEADS at Spelman.

On Nov. 1, 2012, Spelman College launched its “Wellness Revolution” to help Spelman women transform their lives by empowering and educating them on the value of lifelong wellness as a means of strengthening communities of color.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

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