Step Out Walk for Diabetes 2020

On Sept 26, 2020 from 8am to 11am, the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated participated, sponsored, raised and donated $1,000. This year, the event was hosted virtually due to the current COVID and social distancing environment. The American Diabetes Association requested and encouraged all participants to get out and walk, run, or bike 3.4 miles. If unable to walk, run, or bike, participants were encouraged to move around / perform some activity to support and bring awareness to the efforts to fight diabetes. Brother Calvin Beidleman created and submitted video conveying the chapter's support of the Diabetes Association and encouraging everyone to teach and take one to the walk to help increase the number of supporters to fight diabetes. The reason for the brothers participating in this worthwhile event was to raise awareness in the community about diabetes, support life-saving research, help those being discriminated against as result of being diagnosed with diabetes, as well as an opportunity to fellowship with others during a healthy activity.

As of Sept 27, they raised $125,000 with 353 participants and 47 teams. Throughout the virtual event, there were several videos displayed via the American Diabetes Association's Facebook page highlighting various participants engaged and encouraging others to join the fight. This continues to be a worthwhile and worthy event.

Virtual Community Health Fair 2020

American Diabetes (Sharon at the bottom) Q and A with MCs Angela and James | Health Initiatives Community Health Fair | August 2020

On Saturday, August 29, 2020, the Brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, an unincorporated chapter of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s conducted our third annual community Health Fair. This year we partnered with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc-Omicron Theta Zeta chapter to expand our reach to the community we serve. As a result of the current COVID-19 environment, the health fair was hosted VIRTUALLY. Health Initiatives is a primary area of focus for both of our organizations. It is designed to provide uplift to our communities by facilitating and coordinating activities that both inform and promote good health practices. Some of our program’s components are the Charles Drew Blood Drive, support to Saint Jude’s Children Hospital, and partnership with the American Diabetes Association.

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter along with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc-Omicron Theta Zeta chapter coordinated this event to provide relevant healthy informational topics, instructions on nutrition and healthier cooking, and various forms of exercise. The event was a huge success demonstrated by the 4000 plus people being reached during and post the event. The chapters raised $500 via various business sponsors that will be used to support organization’s youth scholarships. The health fair was hosted via Zoom and shared via both the Psi Alpha Alpha and Omicron Theta Zeta chapter streamed the event via Facebook live. Raffles was conducted throughout the event to keep the participants and guest engaged. The service organizations did an outstanding job at providing our community residents, families, and friends with valuable information they can use to empower themselves and becoming more knowledgeable regarding how to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Some of these Health services included: prostate cancer, breast cancer, mental health, nutrition, healthier cooking, diabetes, line dancing, and Zumba. Additionally, another covered area was domestic violence.

We pray you found this event to be uplifting and beneficial as it relates to improving your fitness goals, knowledge, and health. Special appreciation goes out to all our partners, service provides, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees, without you this event would not have been possible. We look forward to seeing you at future events.

PsiAA Fighting Trim May 2020 Workout

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During the month of May 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted our second virtual health initiatives workout event, due to the current environment related to COVID-19 and the stay at home order and social distancing in Virginia. The event was for Brothers to continue participate and encourage each r Brothers to engage consistently in various healthy activities. The event was a tremendous success with 56-chapter Brothers participating. The activities included walk/run, biking, cardio, High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.), weight training, abs/core workout, sit-ups/crunches, push-ups, pull-ups, and water intake. The Brothers exercised great ingenuity utilizing the tools at their disposal by walking their stairs at home and the neighborhood and biking the city. Outstanding work from the great Brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter.

The Supreme Basileus tells us in Ecclesiastics 30:15, "Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth."

The totals for the month were as follows:
# Brothers Submitted Activity 56 / 141 total 40% of chapter Brothers
Run/Walk - 1,868 miles
Biking - 1,004 miles
Cardio - 947 hours
H.I.I.T. - 26 hours
Weight Training - 30 hours
Abs/Core workout - 46 hours
Sit-ups/Crunches - 14,898 reps
Push-ups - 22,794 reps
Pull-ups - 686 reps
Water Intake - 110 gallons

PsiAA Enthusiastic April Workout

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During the month of April 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted a virtual health initiatives event, due to the current environment related to COVID-19 and the stay at home order and social distancing in Virginia. The event was for Brothers to participate and encourage other Brothers to engage consistently in various healthy activities. The event was a tremendous success with 92-chapter Brothers participating. The activities included walk/run, biking, cardio, weight training, abs/core workout, sit-ups/crunches, push-ups, pull-ups, and water intake. The Brothers took full advantage of the tools at their disposal by walking their stairs at home and the neighborhood and biking the city. Outstanding work from the great Brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter.

"Fighting Trim", these words are especially important during this Covid-19 pandemic.   The American college of Sports Medicine states, "For all of us, young and old, regular physical activity is important for staying healthy! Compared to just sitting around most of the time, moderate-intensity physical activity is associated with better immune function. Regular physical activity can help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety (which many of us may be feeling or felt in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic).  Furthermore, the Supreme Basileus tells us in Ecclesiastics 30:15, "Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth."

The totals for the month were as follows:
# Brothers Submitted Activity 92 / 141 total 65% of chapter Brothers
Run/Walk 2,345 miles
Biking 1,082 miles
Cardio - 379 hours
Weight Training - 49 hours
Abs/Core workout - 72 hours
Sit-ups/Crunches - 14,876 reps
Push-ups - 20,138 reps
Pull-ups - 301 reps
Water Intake - 282 gallons

Diabetes Walk 2019

On September 21, 2019 the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated participated, sponsored, raised and donated $1,175. Members of other DMV chapters were also present and participated in the 5k walk. The joint members of Omega Psi Phi enjoyed a morning fulfilled fellowship and a health walk. The event started at the Washington DC Monument (2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024) went to Lincoln Memorial and back to the Monument. The event was from 8am to 11am. The walk was about 1 hour. The reason for the brothers participating in this worthwhile event was to raise awareness in the community about diabetes, support life-saving research, help those being discriminated against as result of being diagnosed with diabetes, as well as a morning of fellowship and healthy walk.

Total raised $241,770 with 658 participants and 91 teams. The total volunteer hours of the Psi Alpha Alpha brothers, family and friends was approximately 45 hours. Throughout the event, there were several events consisting of aerobics, stretching, and dancing just to name a few. The DJ play smooth sounds during for the participants.

Health Fair and Blood Drive 2019

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On June 29, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted our second annual Health Fair and Blood Drive in collaboration with the Gum Springs Community Center and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board. The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter Brothers volunteered to assist with parking, vendor setup and breakdown, security, and crowd control. This event served as the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s Charles Drew Memorial Blood Drive which gave residents the opportunity to give the gift of life by donating much needed blood plasma.

The success of the blood drive was evident in the 21 units of blood collected which ultimately can save up to 126 lives. Other featured service providers in attendance (but not limited to) were the Department of Family Services (SNAP), Foster Care & Adoption, Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC), American Diabetes Association, Community Service Board Wellness, Health Promotion, and Prevention; Unit Healthcare, Bethlehem Baptist Church (Blood Pressure checks), PsiAA Voter Registration, Mount Vernon Police Department, Mt. Vernon Hospital (Wound Healing, Inova Rehab, and Joint Replacement), and Aging, Disability, and Caregivers Resources.

On-site health screenings consisted of Dental, Blood Pressure, HIV/STD, Glucose, Cholesterol, Body Mass Index (BMI), Hearing, and Sight. The learning sessions consisted of Mental Health in the African American Community, Prostate Cancer, and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). The Children’s Virginia Blood Donor society was also present and taking blood donations.

The Health Fair is very important to the Gum Springs community, as attendees were able to receive valuable information related to various health and community topics. The services were provided free of charge and was open to the public. The PsiAA Brothers also participated in the various health forums provided. Both medical and certified professionals discussed issues that afflict African American men, brought awareness to preventive medicine techniques, and informed the audience of mental health issues in the African American community. The presenters were well informed and well versed in the topic areas posed by the audience.

There were 30 plus PsiAA Brothers who supported this event. All the service providers and guests expressed their appreciation and look forward to participating or attending in future events.

Relay for Life 2019

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On May 4, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the annual Relay for Life – Vienna Town Green in Vienna Va.  Each year, millions of people help raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement by: 1) celebrating cancer survivors and what they've overcome, 2) remembering those lost to the disease, and 3) honoring those who have successfully fought or are fighting cancer.

The PsiAA men raise and contributed $4,546.04 which contributed to the overall event total upwards of $50,000.00 to help the American Cancer Society continue to fund groundbreaking cancer research, free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

We also used this event as a joint venture to support our following efforts:

  • 5k walk as Relay for Life is an event that allows and encourages participants to walk the outlined area. Numerous laps was made by the men, family, and friends of the chapter.
  • Voter Registration table was setup to allow residents obtain information and register to vote for this coming election season.

PsiAA’s team members also took advantage of the 8 hours at the event by fellowshipping and enjoying their family and friends in this unique community setting.   At sunset, luminaries were lit to remember those that have been lost to cancer and to show those affected by cancer that they are not alone.  As part of the closing ceremony, the last lap of the relay was walked in silence.

PsiAA 5K Run/Walk and Fellowship Breakfast March 2019

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. executed our quarterly 5k Walk/Run at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Va. The 5k was created to promote a healthy lifestyle for the brothers as well their families and friends.

Several brothers, to include their family and friends came out to participate in this worthwhile activity. Everyone participated in one way or another (walking or jogging) and welcomed the opportunity to have a good time through fellowship while improving their health. In total, over 30 miles were walked or ran by those in attendance.

During the breakfast, everyone (brothers, family, and friends) enjoyed the fellowship as it gave them time to continue to develop, build, and strengthen their existing and budding new friendships. There was one brother who just came for the fellowship, which further demonstrates the love within this great chapter and how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.

PsiAA NBC4 Expo

                       

 

Washington, D.C. - Third District (Northern Area I and II Chapters) - Brothers of Alpha Omega, Kappa Psi, Psi Nu, Psi Alpha Alpha, Omicron Kappa Kappa, Tau Rho and Pi Lambda Lambda Chapters, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the NBC4 and Telemundo 44 Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2019.  The brothers were asked by Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative to work with the Black Greek Letter Consortium (BGLC) as requested by Brother Dr. David Marion, 41st Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Brother Kenneth Barnes, Executive Director, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. initiated contact with Dr. Camille White, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Dr. White coordinated all meetings, conference calls and booth space. The booth space was #701. Dr. White stated that the brothers of Omega came through with great support.  Brother Conrado B. Morgan, First Vice District Representative, Third District was tasked by Brother Kevin Brown to take the lead for this event. Brother Morgan was successful in getting forty-five brothers from six different chapters to sign up, work the booth and the entire bottom floor of the convention center. The brothers were asked to inform all about #joinallofus.org. They were able to inform several hundred people about precision medicine and the rest of the organizations from the BLGC were able to do the same.  The chapters provided gifts for the kids that were raffled off every hour. The kids or parents completed some type of exercise to be eligible for the raffle. The joint All of Us Project is expected to reach and do research for 1,000,000 people. Additionally, 85,000 people are expected to attend the expo each year.

 

 

PsiAA 5K Run/Walk and Breakfast Fellowship

Jan 5 – PsiAA Brothers

On Jan 5, 2019, the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. executed our quarterly 5k Walk/Run at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Va. The 5k was followed by the fellowship breakfast at Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, Va. This event was created to promote a healthy lifestyle for the brothers as well their families and friends.

Several brothers, to include their family and friends came out to participate, despite the inclement weather. Everyone endured the low temperatures and rain for the opportunity to have a good time through fellowship while improving their health. In total, over 30 miles were walked or ran by those participating in the event.

During the breakfast, everyone (brothers, family, and friends) enjoyed the fellowship as it gave them time to continue to develop, build, and strengthen their existing and budding new friendships. There was one brother who just came for the fellowship, which further demonstrates the love within this great chapter and how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.

 

Brothers Chisolm and Spraggins enjoying the fellowship

Brothers Cherry and Pratt enjoying the fellowship 

Brother Brad in full stride. Enjoying and Sat morning jog.

PsiAA Brothers, Friends, and Family