health & fitness
One of the sorority’s most vital Five Point Thrust programs is Physical and Mental Health. As an organization of over 200,000 predominately African-American women, the sorority is uniquely positioned to impact the well-being of its members, their families and the communities they serve. The Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter has proudly established several community partnerships with health agencies to better meet this call to action as we impact communities and positively change lives.
Several years ago the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter developed a new partnership with Sisters Network Inc. This organization of African American breast cancer survivors impacts the community in a unique way by going door to door during its annual Gift for Life Block Walk. Volunteers provide breast cancer awareness information as well as resources for where high risk women can obtain screening mammograms for free or at a reduced cost. As always, the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter is committed to addressing cancer and other health disparities.
THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
NORTHERN FLORIDA AIDS NETWORK
SISTERS NETWORK, INC
DivaFit Challenge kicked off on September 19. This challenge is one of the Health and Fitness Committee's initiatives that follows our National Program challenge with Delta S.I.Z.E.D (Sorors Invigorated, Zealous, Energized and Determined). The overall goal is to encourage, motivate and support sorors on their personal journey to wellness and improving their health. The DivaFit Challenge is designed to assist sorors in tracking their daily miles, physical activity and water consumption.
PINEDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GARDEN
Let’s Go with the National Gardening Association, Inc.
The Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was awarded gardening supplies and equipment from the National Gardening Association, Inc. to create a garden at Pinedale Elementary School for the Let’s Go project. Let’s Go is a comprehensive program where students from Pinedale Elementary School participate in weekly educational, nutritional, and physical sessions regarding creating, growing, and maintaining a school garden. Students are building the garden, tilling the land, testing the soil, planting seeds, creating recipe cookbooks, going on a field trip to a local supermarket, participating in scavenger hunts and cooking classes, painting stepping stones, learning about gardening in their curricula, and having a culminating potluck using food from the garden. Collaborators for the program include Pinedale Elementary School, Team Up, the University of North Florida African American Faculty and Staff Association, the University of North Florida Student Nutrition Club, and the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Through these partnerships and, most importantly, the gardening supplies provided by the National Gardening Association Inc., Pinedale Elementary School will be transformed into a garden oasis of fruits, vegetables, and herbs to be shared with students, their families, and the Jacksonville community.