GTA Delta Sigma Theta Host 8th Annual Health Fair

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – Though Saturday brought threatening weather, it didn’t stop the Golden Triangle Area Delta Sigma Theta Alumna Chapter from hosting its annual health fair.

The Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporate want to push for a healthier community with their 8th annual health Fair.

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“The Red Cross is here. We have Mississippi Department of Health. We have Mrs. Melinda Johnson. She’s an author of Aunt Minnie’s. We also have New Beginning Fellowship ministries as well as Mississippi State Extension, OCH Wellness, Community Counseling, Emerson Family Life Center. We have professionals from different arenas here locally and we really appreciate them for coming out today,” said Physical and Mental Health Committee Co-Chair Dovie Barnes.

Saturday morning health care professionals set up shop at First United Methodist Life Center to provide: health screenings, tests and information to the public.

Chapter President Cicely Smith says it’s important to the organization to give residents this opportunity.

“A lot of times people don’t always go to the doctor until it’s an emergency. This is kind of like a preventative, to hit it before it starts, to find out what’s going on to assess your health and to make sure we have a healthy community,” said Smith.

Barnes says a lot of work went into Saturday’s event but it wouldn’t have been possible without help from the community.

“We’ve had a lot of donations, Coca-cola, Aspen Bay, Harvey’s, The Grill just to name a few. They were very generous in giving donations as well as giving us give a ways. That way the participants, it’s kind of like and incentive to get them here,” said Barnes.

The event concluded around lunch time. Starkville Vice Mayor Roy Perkins says he is thankful to the women in red for their continued love and support of the area.

Delta Sigma Theta is a very well known and renown sorority. It’s staff and organization is to be highly commended for having this event and we certainly also thank the first United Methodist Church for making their family life center available for this event,” said Perkins.

All screenings and information in today’s health fair was free to the public.

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