Health Fair focuses on the importance of healthy living
— 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.
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.