Health Fair fo­cuses on the im­por­tance of healthy liv­ing

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By DENAE SPIERING dspier­ing@ches­pub.com

— The Cam­bridge Alum­nae Chap­ter of Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity held a mind, body and spirit health fair March 25 in the cafe­te­ria of Eas­ton High School.

Delta Sigma Theta is a soror­ity com­prised of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional col­lege ed­u­cated women, with lo­cal chap­ters like the Cam­bridge Alum­nae, which is made up of mem­bers from across the Eastern Shore — from Worces­ter to Kent coun­ties.

Out­reach is im­por­tant to Delta Sigma Theta, Linda Henry said. Henry is the chair­man of the Healthy Life­styles seg­ment for the Cam­bridge Chap­ter.

One thing Healthy Life­styles fo­cuses on is pro­mot­ing healthy liv­ing in its com­mu­ni­ties. Ed­u­ca­tion and preven­tion was the main fo­cus of the health fair held Satur­day.

“Some peo­ple don’t know what they should do.” Henry said. “They are not com­fort­able dis­cussing is­sues, but if you bring them to­gether with other women, they can talk about it. It makes it eas­ier.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tal­bot County Health Depart­ment, Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Clark Com­pre­hen­sive Breast Cen­ter, Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege and Eastern Shore On­col­ogy con­ducted pre­sen­ta­tions on var­i­ous top­ics in­clud­ing; breast health, stress man­age­ment, di­a­betes and nu­tri­tion.

Blood pres­sure screen­ings were avail­able and even a Zumba work­out by Shaun Skin­ner of Bod­ies by Shaun.

Mat­tie Foun­tain, from the Clark Com­pre­hen­sive Breast Cen­ter, led a dis­cus­sion on breast health, the im­por­tance of breast ex­am­ines and the ser­vices of­fered at the cen­ter. Michelle Ham­mond of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s Mul­ti­cul­tural Cen­ter of­fered tech­niques to re­duce stress, and the im­por­tance of the word no.

“As women we don’t al­ways know how to say no to the peo­ple in our lives,” Ham­mond said. “Too of­ten we take on too many things and that can cause stress.”

“No, non, nyet, nein,” Ham­mond said. “Re­peat af­ter me.”

In ad­di­tion to the pre­sen­ters, the out­side of the room was lined with ven­dors and health ed­u­ca­tion ta­bles, in­clud­ing Park Lane Jew­elry, Mainey’s Ac­ces­sories and Led­num Bel­tone Hear­ing Aids.

The group broke for a healthy lunch fol­low­ing their Zumba work­out and then con­tin­ued pre­sen­ta­tions on can­cer, di­a­betes and nu­tri­tion for the re­main­der of the af­ter­noon.

“Women might not know where to go or how to go about it,” Henry said, “so we have opened this up to the com­mu­nity.

“That’s the pur­pose of Healthy Life­style,” Henry said.

PHOTO BY DENAE SPIERING

The Cam­bridge Alum­nae Chap­ter of Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity, pic­tured above, held a mind, body and spirit health fair on Satur­day, March 25, in the cafe­te­ria of Eas­ton High School.

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