‘Learn at Lunch’ seminar sponsored by The Links

The Pine Bluff Chapter of The Links Inc. recently presented “learn at lunch” seminars.

The health and human services facet of the The Links Inc. presented a seminar at Southeast Arkansas Community College March 12. The guest speaker was Dr. Vernora Hightower.

Hightower presented an overview of diabetes and explained the roles of insulin and glucose in diabetes. She described Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Hightower discussed diabetes risk factors, symptoms and complications of diabetes. The students engaged Hightower with questions on diabetes and other health related issues. The lunch attracted approximately 38 students and staff from the college.

Dr. Toni Middleton was the keynote speaker for the February “learn at lunch” seminar. The focus was on heart disease, heart attack, cholesterol, and stroke. Middleton spoke about the risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, and the risk factors which can be changed to decrease a person’s chance of having these chronic disease states.

Approximately 33 participants, including students and staff from the college, were in attendance. Also, The Links partnered with the United Methodist Women of St. Luke United Methodist Church and presented a health forum on colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes on Dec. 22. The guest speaker was Dr. Kimbra A. Bell of Chicago.

Bell presented a thorough and informative talk on each topic matter. Bell addressed signs, symptoms, preventative measures, and treatment methods of each disease state, along with a slide presentation. The health forum attracted 30 registered attendees.

The Links Inc. celebrates 65 years as a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African-American ancestry. A premier international service organization with more than 12,000 members in 274 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well. With over 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually.

The Links Foundation Inc., the philanthropic arm of The Links Inc., has made more than $24 million dollars in charitable contributions since its founding. Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused

on creating transformational programming and impacting lives in communities of color in Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The Links Inc.: ‘Linked in Friendship – Connected in Service’. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org

The health and human services facet members are Cheryl Broughton, Josephine Bell, Barbara Akins, Shirley Jacob and Trudy Redus. Eva McGee serves as the president of the Pine Bluff chapter of The Links Inc.