County to host health fair

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Health Department is partnering with the Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to offer a health fair and lecture series this week.

The event is set to take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the health department. There will be programs and community vendors with educational material on-site throughout the day.

"We are hoping we will have a lot of people come out," said Adult Health Director Vamella Lovett. "We are hoping folks will learn a lot."

The first session of the series will focus on childhood obesity, which health officials say is a big problem.

"This issue is so much on the forefront," Lovett said. "We are hoping parents will come in and bring their children."

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., there will be a healthy cooking demonstration and recipe sampling presented by the Dougherty County Extension Agency.

At 11 a.m., a forum on domestic violence is planned.

The forum will include representation from a battered women's shelter, the Dougherty District Attorney's Office, the Dougherty Sheriff's Office and the Albany Police Department. A domestic violence victim will also take part.

"Domestic violence is a public health issue because people are being injured," Lovett said.

The session will also include a lunch.

At 1 p.m., a lecture on cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stroke awareness featuring Dr. Devell Young with Medical Associates of Albany is planned.

The focus on cardiovascular health was inspired in part by state funding earmarked toward education on the issue that eventually came down to the local level.

"It was passed down from the district to do something to impact the community," Lovett said.

The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided to all participants.

Advance registration is required for the luncheons set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants may only attend one lunch session.

For more information or to register, call (229) 430-6230.