Newark, NJ (PRWEB) October 31, 2011
All of the national pageant delegates are state winners that have joined the campaign to address issues of healthy living, bullying in schools, confidence building, and public service as their personal missions. The contestants began their world-community service within the Mary-Jay Health and Education Alliance and specifically by participating in beauty and brain pageants. Their ultimate goal is to help change the world for the better while they grow up to be better persons and citizens.
When parents and their children talk about why they are competing in this pageant, they talk about what it represents, and the mission to create a better future for their families. The pageant is not just about pretty faces or money prizes, but serving a greater purpose.
Health is one’s life. As Billy Graham said, “When wealth is lost nothing is lost, but when health is lost all is lost.” The Mary-Jay Alliance believes that prevention is better than intervention, and that everyone can be as healthy as they want to be, if care is taken. Americans can put an end to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, immune disorders, etc., by incorporating some simple changes to their daily regimen.
Pageant contestants understand that health disparities affecting underprivileged youth are shaped by factors within their social environment. Attacking the underlying causes of educational and health disparities – poverty, noxious physical environments, inaccessibility of health care and social services, segregation and racism – is a moral necessity. There are no simple solutions to these complex and recalcitrant problems, and schools cannot be solely responsible for addressing them.
The Mary-Jay Health and Education Alliance believes an early focus on health awareness can help prevent later problems. This is a global problem that affects national economies and future generations. Lack of quality healthcare and education impacts millions of children around the world, especially in developing countries. Parents often lack prenatal care and children lack basic healthcare, proper diagnosis, and nutrition.
The Mary-Jay Health and Education Alliance has a series of programs including beauty pageants, a magazine, a radio station, a movie channel, and a website that features leading health and education advocates. The current national pageant winner will hand the torch to a new set of beauty and brain contestants selected from among the delegates to the national pageant on November 12, 2011 at Crown Plaza in New Jersey.