By Dr. Ruby Cain
Special to Frost Illustrated
FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter (FWAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. dedicated IMPACT Day, March 9, 2013, to educate the public on the issue of childhood obesity.
Each year, the chapter hosts an event for this national program. One day of service is the hallmark of IMPACT Day. The acronym stands for “Inspiring and Motivating Public Advocates for Community Transformation.”
The plan of action included prevention strategies including a lifetime commitment of proper nutrition and exercise. Partnerships with Fort Wayne Urban League, Parkview Hospital, Weight Watchers, YMCA and American Heart Association, presenters and community members resulted in this highly successful program.
With more than 70 attendees, activities included presentations by experts in the fields of nutrition and fitness, followed by real time exercising and healthy eating.
Presentations included culturally tailored lectures and presentations on healthy nutrition choices, eating favorite foods responsibly, mental and physical impact of childhood and adult obesity, no nonsense and low cost methods to be and stay physically active. All of these strategies aid in preventing illness and disease later in life.
Following the informative presentations, participants transitioned into a makeshift fitness center set up with a variety of fitness and educational workout stations that were staffed by FWAC members. Participants were given passports to be initialed by FWAC members, upon the completion of the gross motor skill exercises, which included a series of timed activities and repetitions.
Some of the exercises included jumping rope, hula hooping, push-ups, sit-ups and weightlifting.
The setting was definitely one in which everyone was involved in some form of activity while calories were burned and sweat poured off bodies.
Youngsters had fun while developing knowledge about this nation-wide childhood epidemic.
After the completion of exercises, a FWAC member led participants in the learning of line dances, which took the last ounce of strength from them. As closure of IMPACT Day, individuals that completed passports were rewarded with a beautiful, healthy and nutritious salad bar, prepared by a FWAC member.
The participants’ reflections on the IMPACT Day were unanimous: Mission Accomplished with DST, educating our youth and adults on childhood obesity!
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. celebrates their centennial anniversary throughout this year. The organization was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University and provides assistance and support through established programs in communities throughout the world. Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter provides college scholarships, support for the underserved, mentorship for teenage girls, advocacy for academic achievement, financial freedom, positive public policy, voter mobilization and community problem identification and solving. Local Chapter President is Delores Johnson.
This article originally appeared in our April 17, 2013 issue.