Tenneesee Department of Health Launches Obesity Awareness Campaign at Five Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Tennessee Department of Health has entered into a grant agreement with five historically black colleges and universities to implement obesity awareness campaigns on their campuses. The campaigns currently underway will reach students and community members at Fisk University and Tennessee State University in Nashville, LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Knoxville College in Knoxville and Lane College in Jackson.

Significant racial and ethnic disparities in the prevalence of obesity exist. In 2011, Tennessee had the sixth highest rate of adult overweight and obesity in the U.S. at 66.5 percent. About two of every three black non-Hispanic adults in Tennessee are overweight or obese. Black non-Hispanic women have the highest rate of obesity among any race or gender group, with approximately one of every two black women in Tennessee being obese.

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