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Spelman College Hosts Live Web Chat on 'Advancing the Health of Black Women'


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Terrilyn Simmons
Twitter: @SpelmanMedia

ATLANTA (Oct. 29, 2013) -- On Nov. 1 at 1 p.m., on Spelman.edu, Spelman College will host a live web chat on “Advancing the Health of Black Women. This conversation will explore health disparities plaguing Black women and solutions for eating better, moving more and sleeping well. RSVP for this free event and join in the conversation by tweeting your questions using the hashtag #SpelmanWellness.

Nov. 1 marks the one year anniversary of the launch of the Wellness Revolution at Spelman and the start of National Diabetes Month. Type II diabetes has become a public health epidemic, and African-American women are among the most vulnerable, more than twice as likely to develop diabetes and other chronic illnesses as women of other ethnic groups.


-- Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., Spelman College president
-- Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., dean and executive vice president, Morehouse School of Medicine
-- Moderated by Mo Ivory, C'91, on-air personality, “The Ryan Cameron Morning Show,” V-103 and host, “The Mo Ivory Show,” 1380 WAOK

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
1p.m. – 1:45 p.m.



Black women overall represent a highly vulnerable population, with high rates of illnesses related to obesity and a lack of physical activity. For instance, more than 40 percent of black women older than 20 already have hypertension and a large number also have diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Their mortality rates exceed those of whites and Black women tend to die younger from those diseases than women of other ethnicities.

Contributing to this pattern is the fact that fewer than half of black girls participate in any leisure time physical activity by the time they are 17, and often beginning by the time of puberty, as observed by the National Institute of Health.

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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