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Turner Elementary back-to-school health fair

Patience Akins and the kids enjoying the music and games (Source: WALB) Patience Akins and the kids enjoying the music and games (Source: WALB)
Clifton Bush (Source: WALB) Clifton Bush (Source: WALB)
Dr. Earnest Brown (Source: WALB) Dr. Earnest Brown (Source: WALB)

Ten bicycles were given away, music roared through the gym and even the parents walked away with prizes.

That was enough to lure over 100 people to the Turner Elementary back-to-school health fair.

The event was hosted by Albany Area Primary Healthcare. The company is taking the proactive approach to healthcare. 

"These kids are learning about health education and how to eat correctly and also about nutrition and physical education at an early age which will help them in the long run," said Chief Operating Officer Clifton Bush.

One of the beneficiaries is 5th grader Patience Akins. She was thankful for what she learned, and of course, the fun with her friends.

"I danced, hula hooped, jump roped and played with my friends," she said.

Dr. Earnest Brown of Albany Area Primary Healthcare organized the event. Last year just one bike was given away. 

"I'm very passionate about the youth here in the city," said Dr. Brown. "And this is just a great event and great idea by the company, and I just wanted to maximize what they did last year and just build on it."

Last year the lone bike was paid for by the health center. This time all ten were donated from the community.

The company holds this event yearly in celebration of National community health center week.

Kids are the focus, but they aren't the only ones impacted.

"We also are doing finger sticks for the parents," said Busch. "And checking their blood sugar and also doing blood pressure checks for the parents, faculty and staff."

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