Phoebe Sumter to host 1st Annual Children's Health Conference on Saturday, Aug. 11

AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) - Phoebe Sumter will host its 1st Annual Children's Health Conference on Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Sumter County Fairgrounds.

The event is for children ages 7 to 14, and all children must have adult supervision for this event. The event is part of their continuing efforts to promote healthy lifestyles in the community.

"We have had much success with both our Men's and Women's Health Conferences, so the natural progression is to add something for the youth in our community," said Marcus Johnson, Director of Marketing & PR at Phoebe Sumter.  "The rate of diabetes has risen from 9 percent in 2000 to more than 23 percent in 2008, and childhood obesity continues to climb at an alarming rate.

"With that being said, we want to join 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."

The theme for the event is "Get Fit, Get Active, Get Healthy", and there will be free health screenings, presentations, music 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.

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

In addition, 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, appeared on BET's 106 & Park's Wild Out Wednesday Competition in February of this year 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 on August 1st for the All Stars competition for the Teen R&B/Hip Hop Section and they were once again crowned champions.  They will be available for autographs and pictures at Saturday's event, and they will also perform one of their hit songs as well.

"We wanted this to be a true community event, so we are partnering with a number of organizations that have the children's best interest at heart," said Johnson.  "There is a lot of excitement and we hope that parents bring their kids out for a day of fun, exercise and most importantly a chance to invest in their health so that they can have a productive school year and life in general."

If you have any questions about this event, please call 229-931-6812 or e-mail