Keeping a Healthy Smile

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On Wednesday, November 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity hosted a health seminar at the Student Union Multipurpose Room. The event was free to the public.

The health seminar began with an opening by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member Kenyatta Scott, the narrator of the night. Afterwards, a warm welcome was delivered by Rayford Mullins, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Zakiya Harris, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, spoke about the awareness of Diabetes and the dangers that come with it. She also informed the crowd that November is Diabetes Awareness Month.

Joy Applewhite, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, introduced the first guest speaker of the night, Dr. Deidra Jones-Snell. She is a dentist who owns a practice in Vicksburg, MS. Jones-Snell educated the crowd about the importance of proper oral health. She explained that if a person’s oral health is bad it can affect their entire body. She stated, “It is important to get your teeth cleaned every six months to reduce cavities and tartar buildup.”

Patrick Herbert Jr., a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, introduced the next guest speaker of the night, George Dickson. Dickson is a ten year employee at the Jefferson Comprehension Health Center in Fayette, MS. Dickson started his presentation by presenting toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the audience. He also spoke about the importance of oral health. He made it clear that teeth should be brushed twice a day and flossed at least once.  Along with his presentation about the student’s health, he also spoke encouraging words to the students about doing what they love. Dickson stated, “Get your degree in something you can have fun in. Go through school and don’t stop and once you graduate find a job that you love.”

After the guest speakers, both organizations gifted the speakers with gifts to show their appreciation. The seminar ended with an inspirational prayer and adjournment by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity member Terry McBeth.

Shaqrece Ashford is a Junior Broadcast/Mass Communications major from Chicago, Illinois. She will be a contributing writer for The Campus Chronicle for the 2016-2017 school year.

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