The Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is working to fight childhood obesity by sponsoring “Keeping it 100!” – a day-long free community health fair at John F. Kennedy High School, 4300 Cutting Blvd. Richmond, on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More than 200 children and families from throughout the Bay Area are expected to attend the annual event.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity can have a harmful effect on the body in a variety of ways. Obese children are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, breathing problems, joint and musculoskeletal discomfort.
The health fair is part of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc’s annual Impact Day activities where thousands of the sorority’s members host similar events, emphasizing the same topic, throughout the United States.
“We are preparing to bring awareness to Richmond and the surrounding communities on obesity and the prevention of related health issues, increasing awareness about innovative ways to provide healthy food options for families and how to live a fun and active life,” said Darrylyn Swift, president of the sorority’s Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter.
“Our sorority has identified childhood obesity as a national epidemic. And we, the Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter, realize that we cannot target only the children, but that we must work with the parents and families as a whole,” Swift said. “We’re very excited to bring this free health fair to the Richmond and surrounding communities.”
Along with workshops and clinics, there will be lots of fun activities and games, and participants can also enter dozens of giveaways to win prizes including free gym memberships, pedometers or $200 in free groceries. There will also be a variety of free healthy food and snacks.
At the event, children and their families can participate in a family fun walk, workshops and scavenger hunts, and free exercise classes. Attendees can get free preventive health screenings from medical professionals, hear motivational speakers provide tips on healthy eating and weight loss.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on the campus of Howard University in 1913 and is currently celebrating 100 years of community service.
The Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter was established in 1990 and has nearly 100 members from throughout Contra Costa County who lend their time and talents to bettering the community through a variety of projects including mentoring and scholarships.