Health & Wellness

The 100’s health and wellness goals are to raise awareness, provide access to health care and health information that will ultimately promote behavior change resulting in a healthier lifestyle. The organization’s Health & Wellness Committee provides leadership to the chapters as they establish health & wellness committees at the local level. Through civic and corporate partnerships, the 100 delivers health education programs and free health screenings in hundreds of communities annually. Current health & wellness signature programs include:

Youth Movement
Youth Movement is a youth development program of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., whose mission is to improve the overall health and well-being of youth through structured physical fitness training, wholesome food choices, character development, and mentoring. Through these activities, Youth Movement helps students improve their health, develop long-term goals, and overcome obstacles and achieve lifetime success. Click here to learn more

Aetna Health Power
Aetna has partnered with 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to provide access to information and tools that will increase knowledge and health around the following conditions: Prostate Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Depression and Sickle Cell. 

Strengthening Dental Health
The Pew Center on the States is partnering with 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to raise awareness of the importance of oral health in the African American community. Both organizations are working through a national coalition to support policies expanding cost-effective strategies to prevent tooth decay. Community water fluoridation is a prime example of these strategies.

Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative
Harnessing the Strength of African American Organizations to Fight HIV and AIDS.  As part of CDC’s new Act Against AIDS communication campaign, CDC has launched a $10 million, five-year partnership with 14 of the nation’s leading African American organizations, including 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) seeks to harness the collective strength and reach of traditional, longstanding African American institutions to increase HIV-related awareness, knowledge, and action within black communities across the United States. Click here to read more.

View the ACT Against AIDS Webcast at White House Launch Video
Click below to view important resource links: Nutrition and Physical Activity The 100 Way
Nutrition and Physical Activity the 100 Way is a comprehensive program, with an accompanying program manual, that educates youth on the importance of proper eating and physical activity. 100 Black Men programs play an important role in motivating young people to examine factors that influence their behaviors, while guiding them in establishing viable, lifelong solutions. Nutrition and Physical Activity the 100 Way program activities deliver the following results:
  • Increase their understanding of nutrition and fitness related issues that affect their environments
  • Teach skills that will help them make healthier nutrition and physical activity choices
  • Design a youth-driven nutrition and physical activity community project
  • Model and promote healthful eating and physical activity

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF)

  • 100 Black Men of America is a partner of The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. HWCF, a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 170 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and NGOs, and professional sports organizations. The Foundation promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance–calories in and calories out. It focuses on three critical areas–the marketplace, the workplace and schools.
  • HWCF provides free online curriculum, tools, videos and resources to schools, parents and communities in partnership with Discovery Education through Energy Balance 101 ( ). Both English and Spanish resources are available.
  • The Together Counts encourages families to take a pledge to eat more meals together and engage in healthy physical activities as a family. Take the pledge at!
  • Click here to learn more
  • Click here for the HWCF 2012 Annual Report

Below are samples of unique and innovative Health and Wellness programs being delivered by 100 Black Men throughout the network.


One Hundred Black Men New York focuses on increasing the awareness of issues affecting the community. Health fairs, screenings and educational materials enable members to deliver programs that disproportionately impact the African American community.

A few of the chapter’s programs include:

  • The American Cancer Society's Prostate Cancer Support Group Brother to Brother & OHBM Prostate Cancer and Prostate Health Seminar at The National Black Theatre.
  • The American Cancer Society's Access to Care Symposium: Addressing Cancer Disparities at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
  • Our B Down B Healthy Youth Symposium addressed topics such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases: The Signs, Symptoms and Consequences and Teens Living and Dating with HIV/AIDS.
  • The Ralph Lauren Cancer Center is a state of the art cancer diagnostic and treatment facility located in central Harlem that Harlem residents are referred to for scheduling prostate, colon, breast and cervical cancer screenings. Residents are located through community outreach with local businesses, restaurants, churches and housing facilities.
  • The chapter has worked with Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital on a National Study to determine the natural causes of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD) and its genetic components.
  • A group of the Eagle Academy students recently completed their second "MiniMeds" Program at NYU Medical Center. This program introduces students to the field of medicine.
  • The chapter participated in Harlem Week with the Ralph Lauren Center and the American Cancer Society.

The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area established a Health and Wellness initiative named Youth Movement in 2002 that includes year-round track and field clinics and track meets where participants are physically conditioned, athletically trained and benefit from team dynamics. The purpose of Youth Movement is to promote recreation and wellness under the mentorship of highly qualified coaches, world class athletes and Olympians.

Tommie Smith Youth Track Program
The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area sponsors a year-round youth track & field training program. The program is named in honor of 1968 Olympic 200m Champion, Dr. Tommie Smith. Athletic training will lead to Bay Area, state and nationwide competition with other schools and track clubs.

An emphasis will be on strengthening aerobic capacity in the children. The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area will organize and sponsor a series of youth athletic clinics in 2009. Several Olympians/world class athletes, including long jump world record holder, Mike Powell, have agreed to conduct specialty clinics for our students and coaches. The track & field season culminates annually with the Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet.

All Youth Movement athletes and coaches are required to join the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The parents of participating athletes must complete an athletic pre-participation screening exam form. Completion of this form includes an examination and signature by the athlete's physician.

100 Black Men Panthers
The goal of the 100 Black Men Panthers baseball program is to provide a positive sports experience for all children while helping them develop character, improve physical fitness and social skills so they can lead a healthy and successful life. Panthers Stands for:

P = Power and Pride
A = Action
N = Now
T = is the Time
H = Heart and Health
E = Effect, Effort and Excellence
R = Respect and Responsibility
S = Strength and Support

Black Star Line All-Star Swim Team
The Black Star Line All-Star Swim Team village is an Oakland-based organization established to encourage the participation of African-American youth in the sport of swimming. Our goals are to encourage youth to utilize swimming as a recreational activity, to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to develop competitive drive and determination. The team consists of accomplished young athletes that participate in either year-round or seasonal swim teams. During Oakland Citywide Championships held in August 2005, several of our swimmers established new citywide record times. The primary objective is to send young swimmers of African Ancestry to compete in Black swim meets outside of the borders of California.


One of the major initiatives of the 100 Black Men of South Florida is to promote health and wellness in the African American community and change behaviors of youth that negatively impact good health. One of the Health & Wellness program’s biggest and successful campaigns is the annual Sickle Cell Walk-a-Thon executed in conjunction with the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, which raised over $30,000 in 2009, benefiting research, financial aid and education about sickle cell.

HIV/AIDS Initiative
In Miami, fifty-seven (57%) percent of HIV cases are African Americans and of that number fifty-five (55%) percent are African American men and forty-three (43%) percent are Women of Color. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for women ages 25 to 44. HIV can be transmitted by unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex. To address the issues of HIV/AIDS, the 100, along with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Delta Cares provides Health and Wellness Symposiums. These symposiums provide an environment that supports information dissemination and discussion as to the realities of living in this society with HIV/AIDS.


Partners in Prevention
The 100BMOLV initiated Partners in Prevention (PIP) program, a national 100 Black Men Health and Wellness initiative, at their 100 Academy of Excellence campus. The focus of the PIP Program is for the 100BMOLV to team up with other health care non-profit organizations, volunteer coalitions and clinical partners. Our collaborative goal is to educate African Americans and other minorities and promote preventative health strategies, deliver screenings, and early detection and treatment. The PIP program is an intervention program that focuses on increased awareness, education, and provides diagnostic examinations and follow-ups. We have created a Health Care Module that supports PIP. The Health Care Module is now part of the mentoring programs in all schools where 100BMOLV mentors, including the Saturday Community Mentoring Program.

PIP partnerships include: The Nevada Cancer Institute, Southern Nevada Health District, State of Nevada Health Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and Nathan Adelson Hospice. The program is teaching children about the importance of health and creating healthy habits.

Slam Dunk for Men’s Health
100BMOLV, in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Black Nurses Association, co-sponsors Slam Dunk for Men's Health, to promote a higher level of health awareness among men and to encourage health screening for early detection of prostate cancer, hypertension and diabetes. 
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