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Monday is the beginning of National Health Center Week

BOWLING GREEN — Wood County Health Department is celebrating the Wood County Community Health Center during National Health Center Week.

Wood County Community Health Center, one division of the health department, is being recognized for the services provided to the community during National Health Center Week. Primary care, reproductive health, behavioral health and an onsite pharmacy are just a few services offered at the health center. No one is turned away because of income level or insurance status.

During National Health Center Week last year, the Community Health Center won the title of Ultimate Health Center Champions by popular vote. The health center is defending its title in the Featherweight Division this year through voting that runs until Aug. 17. You can vote once per day by visiting

The Community Health Center, in collaboration with the Health Promotion and Preparedness Division of Wood County Health Department, will host an event Tuesday titled “Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Lifestyles: A community-wide fight against childhood obesity.” Speakers attending are Health Commissioner Ben Batey; Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Katherine Barricklow and Behavioral Health Specialist Fran Leass from Wood County Community Health Center; Nutritionist Lauren Snyder from Wood County WIC; and Dr. Melissa Moore from Wood County Medical Associates. Topics will include the effects of trauma during early childhood, fitness, nutrition, the negative impact of obesity on the body and Community Health Assessment data. Community leaders have been invited to come and gather information to share.

For more information about Wood County Community Health Center, call 419-354-9049, visit or check out WCHealthCenter on Facebook.

The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit

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