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Phoebe Sumter to host 2nd Annual Children’s Health Conference

Albany, GA

Americus Times-Recorder

AMERICUS — Phoebe Sumter will host its 2nd Annual Children's Health Conference on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 8 a.m.to 11 a.m. at the South Georgia Technical College gymnasium and adjacent playing fields.

The event is for children ages 7 to 14, and all children must have adult supervision for this event.

The theme for this year’s event once again is "Get Fit, Get Active, Get Healthy", and there will be free health screenings, presentations, music, zumba and games and a number of giveaways. School supplies and other items will be given away, and there will also be contests in dancing, jump rope and hula hoop, and a healthy lunch will be served.

“One new thing this year is that we will have a kickball challenge between Phoebe Sumter employees and conference participants,” said Marcus Johnson, marketing and public relations director at Phoebe Sumter. “We have kickball teams at the hospital and it is something that our employees are looking forward to doing at the conference.”

There will also be a number of vendors on hand including representatives from DFACS, WellCare, Peach State and many more.

For the second year in a row, those in attendance will get a treat as a teen singing group with local ties will also be on hand.

Y.N.C.K (Young N Cool Kids) is based in Columbus but features two members that are from Americus (Keldrick Douglas and Cameron Douglas). The group, which also includes Brandon Wilson and Tatiana Gosha, has appeared on BET's 106 & Park's Wild Out Wednesday Competition and were victorious in the American Idol Style voting competition as they garnered the most votes.

That gained them a chance to go back to New York City for the All Stars competition for the Teen R&B/Hip Hop Section and they were once again crowned champions.

“Y.N.C.K did a great job last year and I know the kids are excited to hear music from their new album” said Johnson, who also stated the group will sign autographs as well. “It also gives them a chance to see kids who come from the same area and give them a source of inspiration to achieve their dreams.”

“We were very pleased with the turnout for last year’s conference, despite the stormy weather that we had at the beginning of that morning,” said Johnson. "We had more than 400 kids that came out for the event, and we were able to accomplish our goal of raising awareness about juvenile diabetes and childhood obesity.”

"With that being said, we want to continue the fight against juvenile diabetes and childhood obesity by focusing on prevention by promoting better eating habits, early health screenings and the importance of exercise. We also want to continue by making this a community event, so we will once again partner with a number of organizations that have our children’s best interest at heart.”

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