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Sorority fighting childhood obesity

POSTED: August 9, 2008 5:00 a.m.
As part of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority's "Health Resource Management and Economics" national program, the local Nu Rho Omega chapter sponsored two childhood obesity workshops in March.
One was held at the historic Dorchester Center and the other at Diamond Elementary School on Fort Stewart.
The goal was to gain knowledge and raise public awareness concerning health issues, such as diabetes, breast cancer, HIV, childhood obesity and chronic hypertension.
Sorority member, Vonzell Varnedoe presented an interactive skit and educational facts concerning dos and don'ts relating to childhood obesity. Five area step teams entertained the audience.
The "Non-traditional Entrepreneur," platform is also under way.
This initiative spotlights the spirit of entrepreneurship and the challenges of managing new ventures. Its focus is to build a strong business foundation and create power networking and economic expertise.
In accordance with the project, the AKA Nu Rho Omega chapter held a "Financial Planning for Young Entrepreneurs" seminar in March.
Willa Lewis, vice president of the Heritage Bank, and business developer Jessica Riner, presented information to Bradwell Institute students.
More than 50 student members of Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America and Health Occupations club were informed on topics such as bank account maintenance, establishing and keeping good credit, financial resources, wise use of credit cards and budgeting tips.
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