Physical & Mental Health

Physical & Mental Health2014-09-16T16:35:27+00:00

As an organization of predominately African American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its members, but also the well-being of families and communities at large. SHFBAC strives to achieve this goal through it’s Mission: Health & Wellness Fair and IMPACT Day workshops.

On March 15, 2014 the Suburban Houston – Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Missouri City – Sugar Land Texas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. held their annual health and wellness event at the beautiful new Fort Bend Pinnacle Senior Center. The event was a success with over 200 participants. The theme for this year’s event was “Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Families”. There were health screenings for all age groups including mental health, blood pressure and dental care. Our chapter had the opportunity to partner with The Rose, a nonprofit breast health organization, for the first time. This partnership allowed us to provide 21 mammograms to women in the Fort Bend community.

There were 15 vendors in attendance representing various health areas. A few of the vendors in attendance included Planned Parenthood, MD Anderson, the Houston Public Library and Rush Med Pharmacy. Members from the chapter provided dental and speech screenings, arts and crafts activities, an organic juice bar and an ambulance for participants to explore. Other activities included a “Males Only” health session and a teen session on health and media that received excellent reviews.  One of the most popular activities was certainly the line dancing sessions.  Almost everyone was on the dance floor.

Other community organizations came out to show their support including the Fort Bend Boys and Girls Club and Boys Scout Troop 500 from Brentwood Baptist Church. It was an afternoon of fun and wellness for all. We look forward to an even bigger event next year!

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According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the number of adolescents who are overweight has tripled since 1980, while the prevalence among younger childern has more than doubled.  Additionally, obesity disproportionately affects African American adolescents.   Moved by such startling statistics, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is working to bring more awareness to this worrisome matter.  Deltas around the world hosted IMPACT (Inspiring and Motivating Public Service Advocates for Community Transformations) Day activities that served to raise awareness of the fight against obesity, its threat on healthy living and its relationship to chronic disease.

In order to call more attention to this issue locally, specifically to the Southwest Houston and Fort Bend communities, SHFBAC partnered with the Missouri City – Sugar Land Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to host the IMPACT Day Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 9, 2013.  Zones were set up so that  kids and parents got hands-on experience while increasing their awareness of causes of childhood obesity, risk factors that contribute to this epidemic and ways to combat and prevent this disease:

– Chef Zone:  “Make, Take, and Eat” – participants prepared healthy snacks and parents were given ideas on what to prepare home
– Screening Zone:  American Diabetes Association, Texas Southern University & University of Houston provided blood pressure and diabetes screening for both children and adults
Exercise Zone:  featured an outside obstacle course & dance moves from Project D.R.E.A.M. choreographer Shonda C. Taylor
Education Zone:  physician discussed weight loss, physical activity & healthy lifestyle habits
Hospitality Zone:  healthy snacks & beverages provided throughout the day for guests
Kid Zone:  featured face painting, Stranger Danger info and coloring station for younger children

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On Saturday, March 10, 2012, SHFBAC joined other Deltas around the nation for the National IMPACT (Inspiring and Motivating Public Service Advocates for Community Transformations) Day of Service by hosting a domestic violence awareness workshop themed Breaking the Silence: Talking About Domestic Violence (My Cry in the Dark). The Chapter collaborated with the Fort Bend Women’s Center, the Houston Area Women’s Center, Stafford Houston Community College and the Fort Bend Precinct 2 Constable’s office to bring awareness to this very serious issue within our community.

The day included a panel discussion, male and female breakout sessions, a teen forum and a balloon release in honor of domestic violence victims. All attendees received a resource booklet which included more information on the warning signs of abuse, how to create a safety plan and local community resources.

SHFBAC also helped to further spread the word to the community on this topic by delivering Domestic Violence Information Packets to local beauty salons and barbershops.

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