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Albany residents get treated with free health event

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Nurse Regina Barnes talks about why she feels the event is important Nurse Regina Barnes talks about why she feels the event is important
Coordinator Amber Bell explains what Albany residents could learn Coordinator Amber Bell explains what Albany residents could learn
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Grabbing a bowel of fruit before heading out the door isn't something we always remember to do, but finding ways to become more health conscious is a priority for Albany, Georgia Tools For Change.

This year they are putting together the first ever health and wellness conference at the Hilton Gardens Inn. Albany doctors and speakers from Atlanta will be brought in to discuss an array of topics such as cancer prevention, obesity and diabetes. For nurse, Regina Barnes those are the problems she comes across most with her patients.

"By the time I see hypertension and diabetes its so far out of control that you have to be on some sort of drip to keep it down. But what this event can do is help them know how to prevent it and maybe they wont get as bad where I have to see them," Barnes said.

It's a program that has been in the making for the last 6 months, conducting research and surveys to cater to Albany residents. Tools for Change coordinator, Amber Bell says the conference will be especially beneficial for parents raising children.

"They can come an learn what they should eat, what they shouldn't eat, they should learn what vaccinations to get at what age," Bell said.

Visitors will also be able to obtain the skills needed to plant their food with the help of the Hilton's master gardener, it's something Barnes remembers doing as a child.

"When I was younger we ate a lot from what my parents grew in the garden," Barnes shares. "And it was healthy and it was on a budget and it was a money saver so I think it'll be good."

There will also be a variety of activities for visitors to participate in. Organizers say if this year is a success they hope to do it again next year.

The event takes place from 9 to 4 Thursday, those who attend are treated to a free breakfast and lunch. It will continue until Friday from 9 to 12 at the Hilton Gardens Inn.

 

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