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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E Delta S.I.Z.E.D. Moves BY JO ANNE DAVIS-JONES AND BARBARA MOSELEY-DAVIS s42 During the 52nd National Con-vention, nearly 100 sorors gathered before dawn to move to the pulsating rhythms that rever-berated throughout the makeshift “gym.” Stretched and mentally pre-pared, they embraced the two-day “Delta S.I.Z.E.D.: Lose to Win” 6 a.m. workouts. Soror Kayce Solari, member of Houston Alumnae Chapter instructs attendees in the Delta S.I.Z.E.D. fitness activities on July 27 and 28. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER The Delta S.I.Z.E.D. (Sorors Invig-orated, Zealous, Energized and De-termined) movement activity ses-sions were a collaboration between the National Program Planning and Development Committee of Delta Sig-ma Theta Sorority, Inc., AETNA Insur-ance DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. and the Delta Research and Ed-ucational Foundation. Delta S.I.Z.E.D. is a component of Delta Sigma Theta’s Journey to Wellness program con-sisting of three focus areas: Catching, Coping, Conquering; My Cry in the Dark; and Healthy Lifestyles. “Every time Deltas get together, we want to have some type of physi-cal activity, be it walking or Zumba,” said Soror Rolanda Davis, member of the National Program Planning and Development Committee’s Physical and Mental Health Team. Certified fitness instructors — Soror Sharelle Dailey, member of the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter; Soror Kacye D. Solari, mem-ber of the Houston Alumnae Chapter; and Nike Fitness Trainer, DaShaun “The Guru of Abs” Johnson — kept the workouts energetic and chal-lenging, alternating between Zumba, standing ab crunches and strength-ening routines. The goal: Simply keep the body moving. “It was great! On a scale of one to 10, I give it a 9.9,” said Soror Marjorie Knights, member of the Alaska Alum-nae Chapter. “As Delta wom-en, we do our best to stay fit.” According to research, a balanced and healthy life-style is important to the well-being of the heart, mind and soul. Super athleticism, hardcore sprints or half mar-athons are not prerequisites to wellness. “It doesn’t matter what one’s level of fitness is, as long as movement is a part of the regimen,” Soror Dai-ley said. Members took advan-tage of hotel exercise/weight rooms, walked numerous miles daily through the con-vention facilities and area venues as well as attended physi-cal and mental health wellness work-shops throughout the week. “Being at a convention shouldn’t stop me from exercising and doing everything else I’d be doing. I got up at 3:30 a.m. to go on a group run with


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