PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
Physical and Mental Health Chair
The Physical and Mental Health Committee of the Leavenworth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is invested in making a positive impact on the health and well-being of both the community and chapter members. Our goals are to 1. Increase knowledge and education of strategies for improving nutrition, physical activity and weight management and 2. Raise awareness of and share preventative and management strategies for chronic diseases that disproportionately affect African Americans and 3. Elevate awareness of and dispel the negative stigma associated with mental health disorders. The Leavenworth Alumnae Chapter hosts an annual Wellness Fair and continues to support the Leavenworth Awareness (LAW) sponsored by Pi Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Leavenworth County Relay for Life by the American Cancer Society, the St. Jude Walk/Run, the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk and the American Diabetes Association.
Werq cardio dance workouts, vision screenings, Thai massages, blood pressure checks and tips and statistics on a number of women and men's health issues were among the offerings of the February 29, 2020 "Renew-Refit-Release" community health fair. The Leavenworth Alumnae Chapter, joined by the Omicron Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., presented the health fair, which was sponsored by Your KC DJ, featuring the turntable stylings of Johnny The DJ Quest (John Mills). Also supporting the event was the Pi Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Mount Olive Lodge #3 Masons. The Lions Club of Leavenworth conducted vision screenings, Synergy Complete Healthcare did blood pressure checks, Miguel Powell led the Werq cardio dance workouts and massages from Bai Pho Thai Massage and Spa. Additionally, speakers included Dr. Vernon Mills, Dr. Georgette Diggs and Dr. Jacqueline Pfeifer. Elaine Belardo of The Deeper Window Association provided information about the foundation's offering of advocacy, support and hope for families affected by dementia.
The Leavenworth Alumnae Chapter stood in solidarity with Americans across the country to protest racism and those who deny the inalienable rights and privileges of all human beings. On May 8, 2020, the Chapter conducted the Ahmaud Arbery Run/Walk for Justice both virtually and physically to commemorate Mr. Arbery, whose life was stolen due to racial profiling while simply jogging. LAC joined in the demand of justice for Ahmaud Arbery and for equal protection and accountability under the law.
Raising $1,570 in a fundraising effort for the September 26 virtual St. Jude Walk/Run, the Leavenworth Alumnae Chapter exceeded its $1,500 goal in the fight to cure childhood cancer. The 10-member LAC DST Team, led by Team Captain Marisa Moore, ranked No. 13 out of 80 local teams participating in Kansas City, Missouri. This year marked LAC’s fourth consecutive year of participation in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraising campaign. According to event organizers, the St. Jude Walk/Run – Kansas City, Missouri raised $141,290, which was 76% of the overall goal of $185,000.