Omaha community health event gives out 1,200 free backpacks with school supplies

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – OneWorld Community Health Centers encouraged people on Saturday to get up and move.

Get up! Move! Back to school bash was held in the parking lot of OneWorld on S. 30th Street. In exchange for learning about health and wellness, people received free backpacks and school supplies.

Brylan is one of the children who received a free backpack to learn about fire safety from the American Red Cross.

“If you see a fire, get out of your house and stay outside,” he said, backpack in hand.

The event was hosted by Courtney Spurgeon, development manager at OneWorld.

“There are so many things one can take away from this event, from learning hands-only CPR to learning mental health calming strategies with pipe cleaners,” Spurgeon said.

And people of all ages participated.

One of the health tents was doctors from UNMC’s dermatology department. And with the days getting sunnier and the UV index rising, they were teaching important lessons.

“The exposure you have as a child actually increases your risk of skin cancer later as an adult,” said Dr. Kevin Kwan, a dermatology resident at UNMC. “You don’t understand the consequences until you grow up. And we’re just here to spread awareness about it and try to prevent people from developing skin cancer later in life.”

Attendees were also offered free health screenings, from vision to diabetes to HIV. And hundreds of people benefited from it.

According to the organizer, this was the only chance for some people to get those health checks.

“A large majority of our new patients are uninsured,” Spurgeon said. “And being uninsured, they have less opportunity to get an education. Some of the families that come here today, this is the only day of the year that they do any health checks, competed. That’s why this day is so important.”

Alejandro Barrales participated in the health challenge himself and won two backpacks for his niece and nephew.

The overall message at OneWorld: Start prioritizing your health and wellness at an early age.

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