September 20, 2011 12:51:00 PM
Battling childhood obesity and diabetes starts with education, according to the Y.
And the Y is trying to educate the public to reduce those rates locally.
Wednesday, community members can visit the downtown Columbus Y for a free health screening. Agencies will be checking blood pressure body mass index, visual acuity, blood pressure and more. There also will be booths set up for RSVP of Lowndes County, Humana, Saum Chiropractic, Galloway Chandler McKinney Insurance, Contact Helpline, Covenant Health Food and more.
"We have a variety of organizations coming with all kinds of information for people," said Barbara Bigelow, director of community relations for the Y.
"We have an unhealthy state -- childhood obesity, diabetes," she added, illustrating the need for such an event.
The Y is also targeting seniors, with its health fair.
"We'll have opportunities for our seniors in the community, to help them have a better quality of life," Bigelow said.
Also on Wednesday, the Y is waiving the joining fee at all its Lowndes County branches, though the health fair is limited to the downtown Columbus branch.
The health fair is free and open to the public, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Call 662-328-7696 for more information.
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