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Health fair encourages disease prevention

April 8, 2006

Albany -- Nurse practitioners from all over South Georgia were at the Albany Mall Saturday. It was the first "Spring into a Healthier You" fair by the Flint River Nurse Practitioners.

Nurses had 17 displays with information on disease prevention and healthcare for people to see. The advanced practice nurses say preventing disease such as hypertension or diabetes is a key way to decrease healthcare expenses.

The group wanted to give the community a way learn about health issues facing society today.

"We want to do screen tests. We want to talk about what are some choices about exercise and weight control, so we can prevent you basically from developing these chronic diseases," said nurse practitioner Lorraine Withers.

Every state in the nation except Georgia allows nurse practitioners to have authority to write patient's prescriptions. A bill awaiting Governor Sonny Perdue's signature will change that later this year.

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