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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E Members attend Delta S.I.Z.E.D during the 52nd National Convention. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER JOURNAL Spring 2016 s43 my sorors at 4:30 a.m.,” said Soror Krystal Sessoms, member of the Fort Bragg Area Alumnae Chapter. “We’re trying to be healthy, and that’s a good thing.” The Delta S.I.Z.E.D. Challenge ini-tiative also derived from the collabo-ration. The goal of the initiative was to encourage members of the Soror-ity to continue taking steps on their Journey to Wellness. In third place, the bronze medal winner was Compton Alumnae Chap-ter. Members of the Compton Alum-nae Chapter accumulated 36,106 miles and received $500 for their ef-forts. Besides the miles amassed, the chapter realized health gains such as increased energy, lower blood sug-ar and cholesterol, and better sleep. The chapter used the challenge as a bonding activity and wore their pe-dometers everywhere. The silver medal winner was Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae. Members of the chapter, walked, ran and cycled into second place with 72,193.4 miles. Participating with some of the Project 13 partners, they walked in the March of Dimes, St. Jude and the UNCF walks. For their efforts the chapter received $750. The gold medal was taken by the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter. With 84 percent chapter participation and 300,106 miles accumulated, they received a cash award of $1,000. They also reported positive health out-comes including increased en-ergy, weight loss and change in blood pressure by the partici-pants. The chapter created a “Road to Houston Campaign” leading up to the national con-vention and calculated that the mileage from Alexandria, Virgin-ia to Houston, Texas is approximate-ly 1,500 miles. They stressed that ev-eryone walk, run, cycle, swim, and dance 1,500 miles to “get to Houston.” Chapters receiving “Honor-able Mention” recognitions were: Beta Gamma (Dillard University); Rochester Alumnae; and Inglewood Alumnae. Chapter members are challenged to continue to get out and get mov-ing through measurable physical ac-tivities like cycling, rowing, running, swimming, or walking to track their efforts in miles. Delta S.I.Z.E.D. speaks to the es-sence of what it means to be a Delta. “Who are we to the rest of the world, if we are not taking care of ourselves?” said Soror Solari. “Our Journey to Wellness is a journey, not a destination.” s Sorors participate in 6 a.m. workout sessions during Delta S.I.Z.E.D. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER


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