Due to a constricted economy, Spelman College announced that it would suspend its athletics programs, which consumes almost $1 million out of the budget each year. The historically black women’s college will instead use those funds to create a health and fitness program for the entire student body with the help of actress and fitness mentor AJ Johnson.
The toned Spelman alumna has lent her expertise to the school by creating the “Wellness Revolution,” a program that begins with “21 Days of Fit.” The exercise regimen is also programmed to combat health issues that affect African American women specifically, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. “I want to make sure that everyone understands that this is 21 days to better. It is going to cover nutrition, fitness and our mental and spiritual health because all of that, as far as I’m concerned, plays a part in your overall better,” Johnson stated. “There will be daily guidance given with an online program in every (area). I’ll be making healthy food choices in the cafeteria, and helping students with workouts in the gym and leading career planning discussions. Little things can create better health, so try to make the little things habits, like drinking water and exercising regularly.”
The program was inaugurated with a 5K run and walk last week.
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