Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc.- Gainesville, Florida
Charitable and Educational Arm of Mu Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Women's Healthcare and Wellness
In partnership with the Mu Upsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc. will continue to raise community awareness of critical health issues impacting African-American women. The primary focuses will be breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers.
• Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention will focus specifically on early detection through mammograms to improve the survival rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Each October, the foundation hosts a Pink Dress Luncheon for over two hundred breast cancer survivors, thrivers and women in the community to highlight current research and treatment options.
• Heart Health remains a focus as the sorority enhances its commitment to healthy hearts through fitness activities and walking.
• Nutrition and Wellness will emphasize healthy lifestyles including prenatal, childhood, adult, and senior nutrition programs. The focus will be on structured nutrition initiatives, and chapters will partner with local nutritionists and dieticians to design healthy eating plans and safe diets for longer, healthier living.
Each February, a heart health and nutrition seminar is held to educate the community about healthy and the importance of fitness. A line dancing class is the headliner for the event.
• Care for the Caregivers places emphasis on taking care of those who take care of others. Chapters will emphasize the need for caregivers to practice preventive healthcare as well as self-care behavior to eliminate the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the stress of caregiving.
Each November, Thanksgiving baskets and care packages are delivered to caregivers in the community to remind them that they are valued and appreciated.