Sigma Mu Mu Healthy Living Series 2020

Loudoun County, VA - On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Civic & Community Affairs Committee of the Sigma Mu Mu chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. launched the “Healthy Living Series”. The purpose of the healthy living series is to conduct a series of lectures, related to “Healthy Living”, that will promote awareness and inspire our community to improve their overall health and well-being.

The inaugural lecture was held virtually, and the topic addressed Diabetes and Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). The speakers were Sharon Keating, the director of development for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in the National Capital Area and Brother Derrick D. Clarke, a Human Potential Institute “Coach-In-Training”. With twenty-one (21) virtual lecture attendees, Sharon began the lecture with a short but very important video on the day in the life of a person with Diabetes. The video showed how important it is to be diligent in knowing your daily blood sugar levels, taking required medication and maintenance of a healthy living environment. Sharon also shared Diabetes data facts which revealed the magnitude of the impacts of Diabetes on the American people. For example, “88 Million American adults have prediabetes” and “90% of Americans with prediabetes don’t know they have it”. Sharon also emphasized how important it is to be aware of the types of Diabetes and how body organs and nerves can be damaged leading to serious health consequences to include the risk of “Early Death”. Daily physical activity coupled with taking medications as directed, knowing your diabetic numbers and following a “well rounded” meal plan can reduce the risk of becoming prediabetic and properly manage Diabetes. Derrick spoke to the importance of fatty acids (Omega-3s,6s,9s) which are not produced by our bodies and must be obtained through the foods we eat. Derrick explained the properties of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and their food sources. Omega-3 fatty acids support an anti-inflammatory immune response and Omega-6 fatty acids support an inflammatory immune response. Omega-3 food sources include salmon, sardines, walnuts and flax seeds. Omega-6 food sources include poultry, eggs, whole grain breads, corn and soy oils. Derrick also conveyed how grain-fed (corn and soy) animals have a reduced level of Omega-3s versus grass-fed animals have higher levels of Omega-3s. Finally, Derrick showed how the Typical American Diet supports an Omega-6 to Omega3 ratio of 15 to 1. This ratio supports a pro-inflammatory response in our bodies. The recommended ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is 4 to 1. Both Sharon and Derrick both conveyed the importance of knowing your numbers as they related to “Blood Pressure”, “Blood Sugar”, “Blood Cholesterol” and “Body Mass Index” especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Brothers Larry Melton and Dan Taylor spoke to the preparation to attend this year’s “Tour de Cure” Ride. Run. Walk. event during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both brothers spoke to the importance of our participation which will continue to bring Diabetes awareness to our community.

Brother Forbes gave final remarks as we brought the lecture to close with the announcement that the next lecture will be on Stress.

Healthy Living Series – Diabetes and EFAs