Our HEALTH committee is led by Dr. Beth Ann Harwell for the 2020-2021 chapter year, along with the following members: Madeline Brown, Niya Hargreaves, Tracey Henderson, Suzann Henry, Evelyn Johns, Angela Merritte Mansaray, Kia Medley-Stephens, Lyn Thompson-Gibson and Vanessa Wood.
The MISSION of the HEALTH committee, in alignment with our national initiatives, is to provide education and hands–on learning to local area, low income students to increase awareness of the negative effects of bullying and cyberbullying; the importance of healthy eating habits and regular physical activity to prevent Childhood Obesity; and the importance of good dental hygiene for oral health.
Our GOALS are to engage students in discussions to help reduce and prevent bullying and cyberbullying in their schools and communities, in an effort to decrease the incidence and risk of violence and suicide among children. Education is provided on the importance of maintaining a healthy diet with emphasis on making better choices in the things we decide to consume on a daily basis. We also engage students in discussions on proper brushing and flossing technique and the importance of having regular dental cleanings and screenings. Additionally, our chapter participates in the Go Red for Women campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association. The HEALTH committee educates MPAC members on the importance of consistent consumption of a heart healthy diet, Stroke risk reduction, and the importance of controlling and maintaining a normal blood pressure during the month of February.
Through our programming, the HEALTH committee provides tools and resources to help children and their families understand the importance of and maintain or establish a mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy lifestyle.