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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

October 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of women tackled their health Saturday morning  More than 600 women weaved through pink and white balloons as they were encouraged to "Think Pink for Life" at Phoebe's 5th Annual Women's Health Fair.

Free cholesterol , blood pressure and diabetes screenings were given. Those are all the numbers doctors say women should know and keep at healthy levels to prevent heart disease, the number one killer for women.

"You can't underestimate the magnitude of the problem. It's great that they have these health fairs every year. This is a message that needs to get out to the community. And the more people that know about it, the more we can help," said Cardiologist, Dr. Steven Wolinsky.

Author of "Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul" Beverly Kirkhart was the guest speaker. The health fair concluded with the recognition of cancer survivors in our community.

People in Worth county were also able to take advantage of those same services. The first Men and Women's Health Conference was held at the community center in Sylvester.

Men and women sat through detailed discussions on everything from cancer to spiritual health. Free health screenings were also conducted by trained professionals.

"Make sure that you be screened for diabetes because diabetics and pre-diabetics are just soaring in this country. And we encourage men to have their prostate and PSA screenings done because a lot of men never seek medical attention," said Interim Medicine Physician, Dr. Marilyn Carter.

The Men's and Women's health conference was sponsored by Dr. Marilyn Carter and the Alliance for better health.

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