Third District Health Seminar
The Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated held its 85th District meeting at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Virginia, April 12-15, 2018 under the leadership of Brother Kevin Brown, District Representative. The district meeting was hosted by the chapters in Eastern Area III: Alpha Alpha (AA), Zeta Omicron (ZO), Kappa Iota Iota (KII), and Zeta Mu Mu. The four-day meeting kicked off on Thursday afternoon with a free Health Seminar. The seminar was part of a combined Social Action project for the brothers in the district that raised and donated $500 and hygiene products to The Menchville House, an emergency housing facility for homeless families, and to the Avalon Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children.
The Health Seminar was one hour long and free to the public. Brother Azar Allen (AA) and Brother Cameron Mix (ZMM) co-chaired the event. The seminar consisted of a panel of three people, all members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and all very versed and educated on the topics of preventative medicine and healthy diets.
The panel members were Brother Dr. Mark Innis (ZMM), Emergency Medicine Physician; Brother Charlie Hill (AA), Prostate Cancer Survivor and Enthusiast; and Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes (ZO), Primary Care Physician. The seminar was held in a town hall format with each panelist sharing from his perspective; questions and answers came from the floor as well. Brother Dr. Mark Innis spoke from the emergency medical care perspective. He said that when it comes to prostate checks and rectal exams, “it’s not a sexual thing, it’s just a part of the examination. Doctors don’t look forward to that part of the examination any more than the patient does, but it is necessary.” He also shared some programs that can help people get the medication they need at a reduced cost. For instance, Walmart has a $4 prescription program for generic medicine. You can perform an internet search for Walmart $4 program and find a PDF listing of the prescription medications available. He mentioned a program called Good Rx, and shared that Harris Teeter offers free antibiotics. None of these programs are income based.
Brother Charlie Hill spoke primarily on the topic of prostate cancer. He told when you should start getting checkups and exams, why you should do so, and the importance of also knowing your family health history and how all that plays a part in preventative medicine. He also answered the question, “does having a positive prostate diagnosis or cancer affect your sex drive or ability to perform?” Brother Hill answered, saying no; medicine has evolved to help with that. In Brother Hill’s closing words, he suggested that if you have any health or medical issues that you should wear a bracelet with your medical information on it so in case of emergency, a doctor can immediately know your medical history.
Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes spoke on preventing and living with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Brother Hayes said, “the number one thing we neglect is our diet.” He told the story of a study that was done on some men in Africa that lived off the land and didn’t eat the processed food that we eat here in America, and how they did not have cancer. But when they came to the United States they would change their eating habits and would get sick with cancer. He said the movie, “What the Health,” was a real eye-opener and addressed/made some very good points. Dr. Hayes’s closing remarks listed some foods that we should eat and some foods that we should stay away from such as; 1. Eat fruit; 2. Eat vegetables- green leafy vegetables; 3. Plan our meals; 4. Exercise; 5. Sleep 8 hours a day; and 6. Be conscious of our portion sizes. Some things he said to stay away from are: 1.Transfat; 2. Granola; 3. An abundance of yogurt; 4. Limit your juice intake- juice is very high in sugar; 5. stay away from simple carbs; and 6. avoid processed food.
The Health Seminar was very informative and well-received; the information was invaluable. For this to have been the kickoff event for the 85th Annual Third District Meeting, it not only set the tone for the weekend, but it showed, based on the members of our panel and their respective titles, that our cardinal principles of this great fraternity: manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift, continue to shine through.
Written By: Brother Cameron Mix