Actor and producer Terrence Jenkins, better known as Terrence J, announced a commitment to raising awareness of healthy eating within Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Jenkins, who also serves as a national ambassador of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), has partnered with Aladdin Campus Dining, a student-inspired program in colleges and universities across the country. Jenkins and Aladdin will support healthy eating programs and initiatives throughout HBCUs all year.
“Developing healthy eating habits has been one of the biggest struggles I’ve faced as an adult. With some better advice and also access to healthier food in college, I don’t think I would have had to work so hard to maintain my health,” Terrence J said. “I’m thrilled that my work as an ambassador for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund has led me next to Aladdin Campus Dining and presented this fantastic opportunity to reach the HBCU community about vital health issues.”
Black Americans, especially those in the South, have higher rates of high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes than other races.
As part of the collaboration, Aladdin chefs and dieticians will create dining programs for students that are culturally relevant and comforting without sacrificing the best possible nutrition, balance, and flavor. These customized programs will be available at Aladdin’s partnering schools including Albany State University, Savannah State University, Bowie State University, Clinton College, Morris College, Jarvis Christian College, Voorhees College, Paul Quinn College, and Saint Augustine’s University.
There are more than 100 HBCUs today with more than 228,000 students across the country. Notable HBCU Alumni Include Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, and current Vice President Kamala Harris.
Jenkins has appeared in Think Like A Man and the sequel starring Kevin Hart. He’s also had roles in Baggage Claim, Entourage, and The Perfect Match. He’s also hosted dating shows Are You The One and Coupled and the Miss US pageants in 2016 and 2017.
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