Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority hosted its first open “Health Jam” on Sept. 18 inviting everyone who passed by to gain more interest on health tips.
The Union of African American students, Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Mu, and NAACP chapters at Salisbury University all gathered in Red Square with the AKA hosts. Information tables spanned the length of the open area to attract attention.
Phi Mu joined the effort in light of the recent off-campus shooting on Onley Road involving one of their sister members. Their table featured awareness tips about domestic abuse and relationship violence.
“We chose this topic in honor of Kristen,” said secretary of Phi Mu, Erin Humphreys.
UAS members hosted a table highlighting the Shingles virus alongside another table by the AKA’s with pamphlets and giveaways recognizing the harmful effects of allergic reactions.
“We want people to understand what Shingles is and just because you haven’t had it before doesn’t mean you can’t get it again when you’re older,” Jasmine Hart said, UAS historian.
In light of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, some of the ladies of ZTA represented their philanthropy at the event giving out pink breast cancer awareness ribbons to students walking by.
“This was a good way to make the campus more aware of what ZTA supports,” Marissa Powell said, an AKA member.
Participating members showed their support for the event and other involved organizations.
“We always support Greek life and they always support us, so we were all for it,” said Phi Mu member, Vicky Finley.
The AKA sorority hopes to continue the effort in helping people understand more about health issues in the near future, Gabrielle Payne said.
Here’s information on how to fight 5 Common Illnesses: http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/821613/5-common-illnesses-and-how-to-beat-them