Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Be Fit, Live Well

The Be Fit, Live Well initiative is a strategic effort of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture (MLWC) to positively impact the holistic health of persons across the African diaspora at Duke University. We believe that being fit, and living well, goes beyond the numbers on the scale or just physical fitness. We believe that pursuing wellness is both an individual and communal pursuit.  Thus this initiative will center on the lived experiences of Black people individually and collectively. Across the dimensions of wellness, racism and anti-blackness negatively affects Black people’s ability to flourish. Be Fit, Live Well aims to help students, among others, consciously pay attention to their embodied experiences and to curate practices and responses that lead to their holistic wellbeing. 

Given that our efforts coincide with the campus wide Healthy Duke initiative, we offer the following four engagement activities in support of the Week of Wellness.  While our target audiences will be students, we are excited to have others join us at 4:00 each of the first four days of the Week of Wellness for some meaningful fitness related fun.

Thematic area: Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

Description: Music can be used to improve exercise, alter moods, and heal our minds, bodies, and spirits.  Many health care practitioners incorporate music therapy to improve sleep quality, reduce the need for self-administered pain medications, and assist in treating illness.  Music can be a vital part of a self-care practice.  Join the Mary Lou Williams Center as we collectively build a playlist of songs from the African diaspora that will assist all of us in taking better care of ourselves.

Time: 4:00pm

Date: September 11, 2017

Location: Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Flowers Bldg.

Program Lead: Nate Thompson

Contact: Ashton Murray

Contact phone: 919.684.3814

Thematic area: Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

Description: As we prepare to offer multiple sessions of Koru Mindfulness this academic year at the Mary Lou Williams Center, we invite you to learn what Koru is all about and to initiate or continue your practice with a Black Lives Matter meditation. 

Time: 4:00pm

Date: September 12, 2017

Location: Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Flowers Bldg.

Program Lead: Chandra Guinn

Contact: Ashton Murray

Contact phone: 919.684.3814

Thematic area: Fulfillment & Purpose

Description: Meditative reading of a sacred text 

Time: 4:00pm

Date: September 13, 2017

Location: Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Flowers Bldg.

Program Lead: Ashton Murray

Contact: Ashton Murray

Contact phone: 919.684.3814

Thematic area: Physical Activity & Movement

Description: Come get moving with a dynamic game of musical chairs at the Mary Lou.  

Time: 4:00pm 

Date:  September 14, 2017

Location: Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Flowers Bldg.

Program Lead: Roslyn Mickens

Contact: Ashton Murray

Contact phone: 919.684.3814

For  more information on additional Week of Wellness events, or about the Healthy Duke initiative, please visit: https://sites.duke.edu/healthy/.