Minority Health Initiative

Published On 01/10/2013

The Minority Health Initiative is focused on obesity in low-income, minority school children. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), African-Americans experience disproportionately high levels of obesity. In Tennessee, approximately 76 percent of African-Americans are obese or overweight (compared to 66 percent of Caucasians).

Using the CDC’s Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP), the Minority Health Initiative is addressing obesity in three Memphis-area charter schools. The CSHP identifies and assesses school policies and environmental factors that may contribute to poor nutrition/eating habits and lack of exercise. The program aims to increase awareness among students, parents and educators about how obesity contributes to many chronic diseases.

In the 2012/2013 school year, Minority Health Initiative serves low-income, minority students in Corning Elementary, Frayser Elementary and Westside Middle schools.

For more information, please contact (901) 287-4792.