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Southside Community Walk educating residents about healthcare

Southside Community Walk educating residents about healthcare
Southside Community Walk educating residents about healthcare
Posted at 5:53 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 03:07:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Community leaders on the Southside of Tallahassee are educating their neighbors about healthcare options.

WTXL ABC's Jada Williams joins was live Friday morning.

And Jada -- you say this all came about after an assessment found a big need for better healthcare in the area.

In 2016, the Department of Health conducted a community health impact assessment. The results for the Greater Bond community weren't that good, so community leaders decided to do something about it.

Here's a look at last year's community walk.

Saturday, neighborhood leaders will hold the 2nd annual greater bond community walk and family health day.

It all starts with a walk at the Speed Spencer Stephens Park pond, leading to Bond Elementary, where several vendors will discuss healthcare and healthy living.

Talllahassee Memorial Hospital, Greater Mt Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Bond Elementary and the Greater Bond Neighborhood Association are all partnering to make this happen.

Talethia Edwards is president of the Greater Bond Neighborhood Association.

"We want the community to see that these resources are available," Edwards said. "That's the connection piece, the access to have them, a rich rich communiity of resources and that we need to connect with it. And then we're also having fun, we're connecting. That's community engagement. We're becoming brethern, community."

The event will focus on all health needs from mental health, to physical fitness and eating healthy, but a special emphasis will be put on maternal pediatric care.

You don't have to live in the Greater Bond community to learn more about healthy living.

It starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Greater Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church.