The HBCU Wellness Project

HBCU Wellness ProjectAbbreviated for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), the HBCU Wellness Project is an intervention designed to utilize the human and social capital at Tennessee historically black colleges and universities to promote health and modify risks for chronic diseases among individuals living in the surrounding communities. The primary goal of the HBCU Wellness Project is to leverage educational and service- oriented resources at HBCUs to positively impact the health and well being of Tennessee residents.


  • Conduct needs assessments for local communities and campuses.
  • Enhance the capacity of faculty to integrate service-learning into the curricula.
  • Recruit, train and guide student health ambassadors to develop health and wellness projects to promote readiness for change.
  • Assess short and long-term outcomes of service-learning activities in communities of color.
  • Develop and maintain a pipeline of students of color interested in entering health professions workforce.

The HBCU Wellness Project is directed by Meharry Medical College and functions through five historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Tennessee; Fisk University, Knoxville College, Lane College, LeMoyne Owen College and Tennessee State University.

Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Minority Health – HBCU Obesity Awareness Campaign Partner


The goals of the HBCU Obesity Awareness Campaign are: 1) to educate college students and others about overweight and obesity; and 2) to engage them in activities that lead to behavioral practices to reduce the risk of becoming overweight or obese.


To increase healthy eating among Fisk University students by conducting cooking demonstrations and partnering with Fisk University dining services, to develop healthier meal plans and host monthly demonstration meals.

To increase physical activity among Fisk University students by hosting exercise classes twice (2) a month, increase physical activities through the Fit Fisk Walkers, and hosting a “Biggest Loser” competition.

To increase obesity awareness among Fisk University students by hosting campus to community forums and develop a toolkit including a radio PSA, video PSA along with a recipe booklet.

More Information

For more information about MMC-Fisk University HBCU Wellness Project and/or Obesity Awareness Campaign, please contact  or  in the Fisk University HBCU Wellness Office.

Program funding provided by Meharry Medical College and the Tennessee Department of health, office of Minority Health.