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    Morehouse School of Medicine Receives $100,000 MetLife Grant for 100 Black Men Health Challenge

    Atlanta — December 2 — A $100,000 grant from MetLife Foundation to fund the 100 Black Men Health Challenge Toolkit, will give Morehouse School Medicine ( MSM) the opportunity to continue an important community partnership, which is focused on improving the health and well-being of communities and families.

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    Contact: Cherie A. Richardson / 404-752-1917 / crichardson@msm.edu

    Atlanta — December 2 — A $100,000 grant from MetLife Foundation to fund the 100 Black Men Health Challenge Toolkit, will give Morehouse School Medicine ( MSM) the opportunity to continue an important community partnership, which is focused on improving the health and well-being of communities and families.

    "MetLife Foundation continues to show extraordinary philanthropy with its support of Morehouse School of Medicine," said MSM President Dr. John E. Maupin Jr. "This generosity provides us with the funds to launch the MSM/100 Black Men Health Challenge Toolkit to promote healthy lifestyle changes and improve the health of the nation."

    The Health Challenge is built around five guidelines that serve as major points of education for participants. The guidelines are: increased physical activity with a goal of at least five workout sessions weekly; the consumption of nine fruits and vegetables daily; avoidance of tobacco and alcohol; a committed relationship with a primary care provider; and willingness to serve as a mentor and role model of healthy lifestyles and behaviors, including weight loss and control, to family, friends, and, most especially, to youth.

    The Toolkit will allow interactive transmittal of the Health Challenge content through manuals for facilitators; a DVD for trainers; CDs; periodicals; and other user-friendly materials that promote healthy, inter-generational lifestyles, behavior, and role modeling. The training DVD will feature experts in each of the five areas, and will provide brief presentations on the importance of the Health Challenge guidelines.

    The Toolkit timeline includes a January 2009 launch of the "Train the Trainer" component to ensure that leaders are prepared to rollout the Toolkit program through 100 Black Men chapters, including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, and New York. An evaluation of the Toolkit will be completed and a final report will be available in January 2010.

    About Morehouse School of Medicine
    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) recruits and trains minority and other students as physicians, biomedical scientists and public health professionals committed to improving the health and well-being of communities. MSM is a member of the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world - the Atlanta University Center (AUC). For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.

    About MetLife Foundation
    MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 by MetLife to continue its longstanding tradition of contributions and community involvement. The goal is to enable people to lead healthy, productive lives and strengthen communities. Underlying the Foundation's programs is a focus on education at all ages and a commitment to increasing access and opportunity. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.

    About 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
    The mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., is to improve the quality of life within our communities, and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. The organization seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership, utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve. We are committed to the intellectual development of our youth and the economic empowerment of the African-American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity. For more information, visit us online at http://www.100blackmen.org.


    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.

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