Kids from all over the area were able to receive free health screenings today, as a mobile medical center visited the club.
44 Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the state have joined together to provide the health screenings through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
Today the kids were provided free immunization and diabetes checks, eye exams, and a body mass index test – All of which will help medical professionals determine possible problems areas in club communities.
Boys and Girls Club of Alpena’s Executive Director Bradley Somers says programs like this are extremely important, and he urges all members of the community to take part.
“Health screening for children is extremely imperative. The earlier that we can detect problems, or the earlier that we can help assist a family, the better off they are. If we let things just kind of go by the wayside, and we don’t take advantage of the services that are available to us…then we struggle as a community, and we struggle as a family structure.”
This is the second year that the Boys and Girls Club has offered the free screenings, and Somers hopes they can continue to do so well into the future.