Launching a Wellness Revolution at Spelman College

Spelman College, Wellness Center, Atlanta, GA

In 2012, Spelman College announced it was withdrawing from the NCAA and directing its athletics funding toward campus recreation initiatives for the entire campus community. A historically black women’s college in Atlanta, Spelman College made the decision to help improve health outcomes for the population it serves – one that is statistically more likely to suffer from ailments such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and blood pressure.

As part of its Wellness Revolution, Spelman College also revamped its athletics building – it was undersized to accommodate increased recreation programming and demand – to ensure it was equipped to support its wellness revolution. The new center features MAC courts, multipurpose rooms, spinning/cycling areas, and a pool among other key features.

According to initial reports, Spelman College saw enrollment in fitness classes jump by nearly 500% since it redirected its focus and funding. The new center combines spaces to promote all types of wellness including physical, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, financial and occupational.

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