North Jersey Alumnae Goes RED for Heart Health


Submitted by Jo-Ann Raines

In the month of February, North Jersey Alumnae Chapter highlighted the importance of heart health for women, especially African Americans, who are at higher risk for heart disease. Moving seamlessly from an in-person event in past years to a virtual experience in 2021, the Physical and Mental Health Committee provided a multi-faceted event for chapter and community members. Led by Co-chairs Arielle Dance, PhD and Shalonda Johnson, LPC, the event also served as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, yielding more than $2,000 in donations.

Chapter President Dorita Newsome-Dobbins welcomed 72 guests, setting the stage for the featured speaker, Nancy Felder from Las Vegas, NV, and member of the sorority. Ms. Felder spoke with fervor about her experience with heart disease and the battle to regain her health.

The program also included breakout sessions on various topics including: an emphasis on the importance of exercise through either low or medium impact aerobics sessions led by Akua from Body by Akua and Sammantha from Sammi Jo Fitness; a conversation on stress management by Amy Frieman, MD and David Leopold MD from Hackensack Meridian Health; and a nutrition and healthy eating demonstration by nutritionist and Delta Chesha Hodge who produced a delicious and easy-to-prepare healthful one-dish meal.

The event would not be complete without the chapter’s signature fashion show, a virtual highlight of this year’s event, featuring sorority members in daytime, evening, and outdoor wear.  Feedback through surveys indicated that the program was well paced and informative and offered participants the opportunity to get up and move, a bonus in these days of virtual meetings.


Submitted by Jo-Ann Raines In the month of February, North Jersey Alumnae Chapter highlighted the importance of heart health for women, especially African Americans, who are at higher risk for heart disease. Moving seamlessly from an in-person event in past years to a virtual experience in 2021, the Physical and Mental Health Committee provided a …

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