Physical and Mental Health
As an organization of predominately African American women, Delta Sigma Theta is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its members, but also the well-being of families and communities at large. To facilitate this effort, a physical and mental health initiative was launched to educate and facilitate lifestyle change for the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of sorority members and the communities we serve. This thrust’s objectives are to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of lifestyle changes that affect longevity, morbidity, and mortality, identify organizational alliances for the sorority that will work to address pertinent health issues; and develop and implement health-focused programs within the sorority and the communities we serve.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has partnered with organizations to support various causes as national initiatives to raise awareness. North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter is an active supporter of these causes, as well as other causes in our local community. The Physical and Mental Health Committee selects community walks for the chapter to participate by becoming a part of Team Delta. Some of the walks selected by the Physical and Mental Health Committee are as follows:
- Sisters Network Dallas Breast Cancer Awareness Walk & Expo (a national initiative)
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
- Dallas American Heart Association 5K Walk
- March for Babies 5K Walk
- American Cancer Society Relay for Life
This is also a great “inreach” activity among sorors where there is good, uninterrupted time to strengthen bonds between sorors and fellowship. Additionally, it is a fun, creative way for sorors to incorporate physical activity, while giving back to the community at the same time.
The Physical and Mental Health Committee collaborates with the Rise and Fly Together (R.A.F.T.) program by planning exercise (“Raftercise”) classes for the children. The age range of the children is from 6 to 12 years old. The children are exposed to different types of fun exercises to promote physical activity and good health. Some of the exercises are yoga, dancing, stretching, musical chairs and jumping jacks to name a few. These classes are well received by the children.
World AIDS Day
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. supports World Aids Day as a national initiative. It is observed on December 1 of each year. The North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter attends and supports this annual program within our service area. The Physical and Mental Health Committee selects an activity or event for the chapter to partner as a way to raise awareness of the disease, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. For our most recent event, December 1, 2012, North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter participated in Dallas’s Main Street Garden Aids Festival in downtown Dallas. Sorors volunteered and helped from the setup to the end of the ceremony, including carrying a quilt, to support this very worthwhile cause.
Other Chapter Activities
The Physical and Mental Health Committee seeks creative ways to encourage and aid sorors on our journey to wellness. Examples are:
- A Health Table is set up at each chapter meeting where relevant health information is distributed to sorors, along with healthy snacks and/or wellness items.
- Healthy tips, recipes, and other pertinent information can be found in the chapter’s internal newsletter under the Physical and Mental Health section.
Physical and Mental Health Committee has developed weight challenges to encourage and aid sorors in reaching fitness goals.