The Fisk Meharry HBCU Wellness Project will host the Preconception Health Peer Educators “Midnight Spa” featuring writer and television producer Tonya Lewis Lee on November 13 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Fisk University. The event is free and open to college aged women and will be held in the former President’s Residence located at16th Avenue North and Jackson Street.
Tonya Lewis Lee will speak with students in attendance about healthy lifestyle choices in college. Lee is the national spokeswoman for the Office of Minority Heath’s “A Health Baby Begins with You” campaign and is the wife of filmmaker Spike Lee.
“I am thrilled to be part of this national dialogue to end infant mortality in this country,” Lee said. “We have been complacent too long about the number of African American women who have experienced the death of their children from sudden infant death syndrome, premature birth and low birth weight.”
Student health ambassadors from the Fisk-Meharry HBCU Wellness Program are coordinating the event in conjunction with the Project Blossom Infant Mortality Conference being held in Nashville on November 13th and 14th at St. James Missionary Baptist Church. “Midnight Spa” will include massage therapy and a dessert and beverage bar for attendees, as well as information on nutrition, reproductive health, investing, preconception heath and STD data as well as testing.
Founded in 1866, Fisk is Nashville’s first university. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African Americans who go on to earn Ph.D.s in the natural sciences that any school in the nation.
For more information on the event, email Jamilah Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.