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Healthy Start fashion show held at Depot

They've had a healthy start, and now they've had a fashionable one, too. The Enterprise Community Healthy Start of McDuffie County held its second annual Lil King and Queen Pageant last Thursday at the Depot.

Approximately 30 children ages five years and younger dressed up in their best and competed in a fashion show in front of parents and friends. Ra'Kyus Boyd was crowned the 2007 Li'l King and Carmoni Walker was the Li'l Queen. First runners-up were D'Angelo Jones and Alexis Gant.

"She's a little fashion diva, so she models for us all the time," Teresa Gant of Thomson said of her two-year-old daughter, Alexis.

Judges were Tameka Collins with Partners for Success, Carolyn Peterson with Right from the Start and Julia Veasey, a retired nurse with the Warren County Health Department. Chris Reynolds with the Thomson Fire Department was at the event to speak to the parents about fire prevention and obtaining free smoke detectors. The key speaker was Anna Balducci, the community outreach representative for WellCare, who spoke about regular pre-natal and post-partum care, Medicaid enrollment, free strollers for new parents and funds for over the counter drugs and personal care items.

"It's a good way to get the parents out for some fun and to get some education," said Laurie Tucker of Healthy Start.

The McDuffie County Healthy Start office, located in the IGA shopping center on W. Hill Street, provides nursing case management, education, screening, testing and outreach activities to ensure babies are born healthy and to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families. Healthy Start is open to the public and shares referrals with other agencies such as the Health Department, Partners for Success, the Department of Family and Children Services and the Mental Health Department.

The office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 706-597-0364 or visit

Web posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007

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