Back to School Health Fair

Hundreds line up for health screenings

Hundreds of Albany residents came out to First Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church for a Health and Back to School Fair.

The church partnered with Palmyra Medical Center, The Albany Police Department, The Albany Fire Department, The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, the Dougherty County Health Department, and Sam's Club Eye Care to put on the event.

More than 600 goodie bags were handed out with school supplies and health related items.

Attendees were able to participate in multiple health screenings including eye screenings, blood pressure, height/weight, dental, and more.

Pastor Gary Sanders says the event is focused on educating the entire family which is why they combine the health fair with the back to school fair. Palmyra nurse practitioner Beverly Willis says the event is a huge success for everyone. "We're focusing on the body and if we can educate mothers and their children on multiple health issues and loop it in with the importance of education, we can have more people in Albany living a healthier lifestyle" says Willis.

The church says they plan to make next year's fair bigger and hopefully hand out more than 1,000 goodie bags.