The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are attacking the growing problem of childhood obesity through their Healthy Fitness Involving Teens and Tweens (Healthy FITT) Fair on May 15.

Students will participate in discussions on dental hygiene, peer pressure, self esteem, healthy relationships, juvenile diabetes, teenagers and smoking, personal safety and other relevant topics.

They will also engage in nutrition and cooking demonstrations, fun physical activities such as sack races, hula hooping, jump roping, flag football and enjoy an appearance by the Kangaroo Kids.

“ decided to focus on health in teens and tweens because of the alarming statistics of child obesity across the Unites States and, more specifically, in our Baltimore communities,” said.

Stephanie Smith-Baker, a member of the Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. “This health initiative is also in line with our first lady, Michelle Obama’s initiative to fight help fight child obesity.”

Epsilon Omega, Iota Lambda Omega and Rho Xi Omega graduate chapters of the first Black female sorority hope the Healthy FITT Fair will provide relevant and timely information about health, fitness, exercise, proper nutrition and emotional well-being of Black youth. The joint health fair will target African-American adolescents in grades six through eight to inform, educate and empower students in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.

“Each year, area graduate chapters conduct community outreach activities or events to address the many health issues and crises that face our local Black community,” Smith-Barker said. “Baltimore area graduate chapters decided to collaborate this year in an effort to reach more of the community for such an important cause.”

The Healthy FITT Fair will take place on Sat., May 15 from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at The SEED School of Maryland on 200 Font Hill Ave. in Baltimore. For more information, email Stephanie Smith-Barker at Stephanievi@comcast.net.

 

MelanieR.Holmes

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