TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. at Tuskegee University is inviting residents of Tuskegee and surrounding areas to participate in “Tuskegee University’s 50 Million Pound Challenge Walk-a-Thon” on Monday.
The event is part of the national “50 Million Pound Challenge,” helmed by dietician Dr. Ian Smith, who is also and author and one of the personalities on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club.”
“It is very important for the African American community to become conscious of their health and disparities present,” said C. Orlando Williams, event coordinator. “It is also important to take proactive measures to address those concerns that affect our community.”
The walk-a-thon will take place on the campus of Tuskegee University in front of Tompkins Hall, beginning at 6 a.m. Participation is free and refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted to contribute to the Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Foundation.
“This is a national initiative; our chapter is taking the initiative to invite the university and surrounding communities to participate in this ‘challenge’, ” Williams said.
The “50 Million Pound Challenge,” an initiative targeting obesity and other health issues of blacks, is sponsored by State Farm Insurance. As of November 2007, more than a quarter of a million people signed up for the national call to action. The program was launched on April 7, 2007, in Washington, D.C.
The campaign hit 14 major cities during its inaugural year to increase awareness, and is now targeting black churches and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.