Thousands of Middle Georgia students are ready for school, thanks to their local health department. The Macon-Bibb County Health Department and the Houston County Health Department participated in back to school events the last weekend in July.
The Macon-Bibb County Health Department hosted a Back to School carnival on Saturday, July 26. More than 1,000 people enjoyed food and games while health department officials offered immunizations, nutrition screenings, and hearing, vision, and dental screenings. Backpacks and school supplies were given away and there were drawings for two free bicycles.
Nancy White, administrator of the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, believes events such as this are beneficial to the residents of Bibb County because they promote health activities and immunizations in a fun atmosphere.
“Childhood immunizations are among our most successful and cost-effective public health tools for disease and death prevention,” said White. “It is important for us to make immunizations as accessible as possible to protect our community’s children.”
Safe Kids Central Georgia, Bibb County Head Start, Amerigroup, North Central Health District, River Edge Behavioral Health Services, and Urban CEO were partners to make sure Georgia’s kids are ready to learn and stay healthy for school.
The Houston County Health Department participated in a community-wide back to school bash on Friday, July 25. At the event, they provided information about health department programs such as immunizations, family planning, and Nurse Family Partnership. They also provided blood pressure screenings and played games with students that promoted healthy eating and physical activity. Students in Houston County also received free backpacks and school supplies, which were donated and packed by many organizations within the community.
Chris Sikes, Nurse Manager of the Houston County Health Department, said, “We are so excited to be part of a county that values children, health, and education. This event provides a wonderful and unique way for many agencies to come together to show support for children and families as they prepare for school.”
Students who have not received the vaccinations and screenings required for school entry can still visit their local health department and encouraged to do soon as soon as possible.