News Release - Marcus Johnson
Phoebe Sumter Marketing and Public Relations
Americus, GA– On a perfect summer day in South Georgia, hundreds of children and their parents came out for Phoebe Sumter's 2nd Annual Children's Health Conference, which was held at the South Georgia Technical College basketball gym and adjacent fields.
"The weather was much better this year as opposed to last year when we had a storm and lots of rain,” said Marcus Johnson, Phoebe Sumter Director of Marketing & PR. "The sun was shining but it was not too hot, so we were able to have activities both inside and outside and the kids were able to work up a sweat but be safe as well."
Once again, the theme for this year’s event was "Get Fit, Get Active, Get Healthy", and there were free health screenings, presentations, music and games and a number of giveaways. School supplies and other items were given away, and children had an opportunity to partake in a number of games and activities, including basketball, jump rope and Zumba dancing just to name a few.
Y.N.C.K (Young N Cool Kids), a teen group based in Columbus that was recently featured on BET's 106 & Park, made a return to Americus and performed to the delight of the crowd. The group, which features two members that are from Americus (Keldrick Douglas and Cameron Douglas), song hits from both their old and current album and even invited kids to the stage to help close out the show.
Johnson said while there was a lot going on this weekend, he was pleased with the number that did attend.
"It was tax free weekend, so a lot of parents were out shopping for their kids, and other activities going on so we were thankful for the ones who stopped by and took part in this event,” said Johnson. "Even though child obesity rates have fallen the past few years, it is something that still needs to be addressed because it continues to lead to a number of health issues that plague our community, including juvenile diabetes.
Added Johnson. “The best defense is knowledge and exercise, and that is our purpose for this event. On behalf of the hospital and Administration, I would like to thank all of our volunteers who took time out of weekend to be here for the children in our community. I would also like to thank all of the city and county organizations who participated, and a special thanks to South Georgia Technical College for hosting this event. We look forward to an even bigger and better event for our kids in 2014!”