African-American women are invited to better-aging seminar, health screenings

February 25, 2016


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Sisters Together: Move More Eat Better program, in cooperation with Saint Peter’s University Hospital, will present “Successful Aging Through The Lifespan,” a wellness seminar for African-American women ages 18 and older, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 5 in the Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, 254 Easton Ave.

"Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is a national public service organization of college-educated women committed to scholarship and public service with a primary focus in the African-American community,” said Lisa Herbert, MD, co-chair, physical and mental health committee, Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. “Our programs bring awareness to issues and provide solutions for problems in the community. A Sisters Together: Move More Eat Better chapter was formed to raise awareness about obesity.”

“This is an important initiative,” Herbert added, “because more than 80 percent of African-American women are overweight or obese and at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Together with Saint Peter's University Hospital and other community organizations and resources we hold monthly meetings on the first Thursday of the month from November through May to address the barriers to healthy eating and physical activity. We are committed to developing healthy communities and families, and encourage organizations to become “health champions" dedicated to lowering the rate of obesity in their area."

The program will open with health screenings from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast and guest speakers from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Speakers are: Donna Hamilton, MD, wellness expert and author, “Self Care and the Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Body”; Janet Taylor, life coach and psychiatrist, “Maintaining Strong Mental Health While Aging Successfully,” and Donna Farrell, Union County Division on Aging, “Guidance and Resources for Caregivers.” A question-and-answers period will follow the speakers.

WBLS 107.5 FM radio will cover the event and offer prizes.

The program is free. Registration is required. Email to register.

“The March successful aging seminar aligns with the national sorority’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan initiative, a multiyear collaboration between Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development,” Herbert said. This collaboration seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues affecting women and their families, including bullying, depression, postpartum depression, and aging. The initiative also aims to reinforce the importance of recognizing signs of mental illness and of seeking help and treatment from healthcare providers.”

About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; and Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corp., which oversees the system’s outpatient facilities. These include the CARES Surgicenter; New Brunswick Cardiac Cath Lab; Saint Peter’s Comprehensive Care Group locations in Monroe and Piscataway townships; Saint Peter’s Urgent Care Center in Skillman, and Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center in Monroe Township. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

 About Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; to educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in communities. Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has more than 1000 chapters worldwide and has initiated over 200,000 members. The Sorority uses its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement to create its national programs.

The Central Jersey Alumnae (CJA) Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on November 8, 1975 at Calvary Baptist Church in Plainfield, New Jersey. Chapter membership has grown from 30 to more than 200. We celebrate 40 years of rendering service to the Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties of New Jersey.

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