Alpha Kappa Alpha is committed to healthy hearts through fitness activities. Heart Disease and Stroke are the #1 and #5 killers of Women. This is a serious matter ladies! So, dressed in RED, We hosted our annual Pink Goes Red for Women's Heart Health Impact Day with a modified boot camp workout and Afro-Caribbean dance lesson to get our hearts pumping on Friday, February 7th. Members across the globe and their families and friends participated in various activities to bring awareness to the seriousness of heart disease and stroke.
"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
In this spirit, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. implements Community Impact Days where Chapters engage in simultaneous activities that will benefit the community and continue our commitment to lifelong service.
Our first Impact Day for 2020 was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service held on January 20th. Omicron Xi Omega Chapter organized three service projects.
First, we served through our Operation AKA Assist focus under the Program Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy. Operation AKA Assist is our initiative to assist those in need in our community, directing attention to the plight of homelessness or poor economic circumstances. We partnered with The Montclair Salvation Army Citadel to prepare and serve lunch to people in need. We also donated items such as underwear, socks, undershirts and pillows.
In addition, we delivered cans of soup to the residents of The Montclair Inn. The Montclair Inn is an affordable residence for seniors, providing an option to enjoy communal living operated by the Montclair Shared Housing Association. We choose soups that add value to the health and wellness of these vibrant seniors to promote safe diets for longer, healthier living, allowing us to incorporate yet another program initiative, Target 2: Women's Healthcare and Wellness.
We didn't stop there! We also teamed up with our sister chapters, Rho Phi and Beta Alpha Omega, to beautify the Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, NJ. Members organized books, planted herbs, cleaned and decorated classrooms.
2020 MLK Day of Service is one for the books! We were able to serve so many lives in our community and beyond.
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue to raise community awareness of critical health issues impacting African-American women. One of the primary focuses is breast cancer awareness and prevention.
Since its founding in 1982, Susan G. Komen® has led the movement to make breast cancer something that women talk about and fight in public, rather than hiding in silence. As awareness grows and treatment options improve, deaths from breast cancer have dropped by 38%.
But we’re not done. Susan G. Komen’s new bold goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.
We can’t do that without reaching black women, who are almost 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than their white peers.
The first step to closing this health disparity is to help black women take charge of their breast health by knowing their risk, knowing their bodies, getting screened and talking with their doctors. That’s where the Know Your Girls campaign comes in — in partnership with the Ad Council, Susan G. Komen is creating print, television, and digital opportunities for women to learn about the importance of screening and early detection.
By giving black women the tools to take charge of their breast health, we hope to help avoid unnecessary breast cancer deaths. ~ https://knowyourgirls.org/
A caregiver helps another person with daily grooming, medical and/or physical care, and/or finance management due to advanced age, disease, mental disorders, or disability. Like so many in the Black community, caregivers are usually unpaid family members. According to a 2015 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP, almost 44 million Americans serve as caregivers to adults or children, and according to the Institute on Aging, 75% of caregivers are female and most work outside the home. November 15th is our opportunity to care for these individuals who often place the needs of family members and others before their own.
Here are some links to resources from our friends at Family Caregiver Alliance: