Physical And Mental Health
The Total Woman: Mind, Body and Spirit
As an organization of predominantly African American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its membership, but also the well-being of families and communities at large.
One of programs of the Annapolis Alumnae Chapter follows the DeltaCare initiative from the national sorority. It was created to promote self-care through physical wellness, emotional wellness, and awareness/advocacy. Specifically, the Red S.H.O.E. challenge is the physical health component of DeltaCare that encourages members to engage in healthy behaviors. S.H.O.E. is an acronym for Self-care, Healthy Options, and Exercise. Annapolis Alumnae has carried that theme through its local community programs highlighting mental illness awareness and coping mechanisms, providing stress management information, offering resources for proper diet and nutrition, sharing weight management tips and options, and providing simple steps for getting exercise in its walking the mall project. The Chapter's Mind, Body, and Spirit mini-conference brings together a diverse group of women practitioners in the health field who educate participants on alternative medicine choices such as acupuncture, spiritual and religious supports, monitoring and prevention of disease and illnesses prevalent among women, counseling options, meditation, the critical medical check-ups, and much more. Annapolis Alumnae also sponsors community workshops on NARCAN and the Opioid crisis bringing out the Annapolis Fire Department for interactive education and demonstration.
The Annapolis Alumnae Chapter's Health Fair has garnered Regional attention and has been recognized as a best practice. It encompasses free blood pressure and diabetes screenings, blood donation drive for minorities in Anne Arundel County, interactive health issues education, panel of health experts, workshops on a variety of maintaining good health and disease prevention, as well as food, fun, and fellowship. Physicians, health care groups (clinics, hospital services, etc.), and vendors of health and medical supplies are partners and participants.
The Annapolis Alumnae Chapter annually supports and participates in the Annual Crop Walk (fighting hunger), St. Jude's Walk, Special Olympics - Polar Bear Plunge, Walk for Autism, and the Callie Matthews Walk for Breast Cancer. The Chapter has a partnering and planning role in the annual World AIDS Day in Anne Arundel County.