Greater Huntsville Chapter
  The Links, Incorporated 

Press Release: Greater Huntsville Chapter of the Links Incorporated is a Presenting Partner of Healthy Huntsville 2012. http://healthyhuntsville2012.com/partners/

20 Jan 2012 1:14 PM | Lakiesha Hawkins (Administrator)

 

 

For Immediate Release   

                     

GREATER HUNTSVILLE CHAPTER

 

Greater Huntsville Chapter,

The Links, Incorporated

P.O. Box 18084

Huntsville, Alabama 35804

Contact: Link Brenda M. Martin

Cell: 256-503-2944

Email: brenda.martin@huntsvilleal.gov

 

Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has partnered with the City of Huntsville, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and other local businesses to make Huntsville a healthier city in 2012. This initiative, known as Healthy Huntsville Initiative, was kicked off January 20, 2012 at Hudson Alpha’s McMillian Park.

 

The Links, Incorporated is an organization of women whose purpose are to be agents of change, linked in friendship and service to the communities in which they live. Founded in 1946, The Links, Incorporated is comprised of 12,000 professional women of color in 274 chapters located in 42 states. 

The members of The Links, Incorporated are committed to working on five Program Facets that impact our communities - one of which is Health and Human Services.  This Facet was developed in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in the African American community.  This Facet brings greater focus, resources and coordination to organization’s health initiatives already in existence. 

 

The adoption of the Childhood Obesity Resolution at The Links Incorporated 35th National Assembly in Philadelphia, PA in 2006 recognized the need for targeted intervention strategies to address and produce sustained results among African-American children battling to control their weight and manage pre-diabetes and diabetes. Obesity rates have reached epidemic portions among African-American children. Overweight and obese children are at a higher risk for a host of serious illnesses. The Links Incorporated have embraced the childhood obesity initiative to develop and implement culturally-informed, replicable community-based strategies targeted to addressing the specific health needs of our children.

Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is excited about this collaboration because the sponsors’ efforts can positively affect our community. Locally, it is estimated that nearly one-third of adults in Madison County are obese, and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle hopes the Healthy Huntsville Initiative can change that statistic.

 

The Healthy Huntsville Initiative is a four-month journey that will raise awareness on the impact of obesity and type 2 diabetes.  It will also educate the public on the science of health, promote fitness and nutrition and provide practical tips for a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHANGE for everyone.

In support of this Initiative, Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will host a seminar on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Student Health & Wellness Center on the campus of Alabama A&M University entitled “Linking Solutions to Prevent Childhood Obesity” from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  In addition, Greater Huntsville Chapter will assist with the execution of the “Double Helix Dash” on April 10, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in McMillian Park at the HudsonAlpha campus in Research Park.  Greater Huntsville Chapter will also host “Linking Families, Physical Activity & Healthy Eating to Combat Childhood Obesity,” an afternoon designed to engage families in physical activity, as well as educate them on cooking healthy, in collaboration with the Student Health & Wellness Center at Alabama A&M University, on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

The members of Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated are extremely excited about this Initiative, and invite everyone interested in improving their health to come out and participate in the many activities planned from now to April 2012.

 

Please register at www.healthyhuntsville2012.com to receive calendar updates and tidbits on healthy living throughout the four month initiative timeframe!

Visit The Links, Incorporated National website at
www.linksinc.org
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