Addictions Care Center to Host 5th Annual Start Smart Field Day

ALBANY, N.Y. - Sept. 27, 2013 - PRLog -- CONTACT:

Francine Sinkoff
Community Relations & Development Director
Addictions Care Center of Albany, Inc.
(518) 465-5829 / (518) 366-1871 (cell)


On Saturday, September 28th, the Addictions Care Center of Albany (ACCA) will host the 5th Annual Start Smart Field Day to kick-off its substance abuse prevention education programming in area schools.  The event, located at ACCA’s campus at 90 McCarty Avenue in Albany, will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and is FREE to the community!

Start Smart is the umbrella term for ACCA’s prevention education continuum which is provided annually to Capital Region youth and families.  Start Smart Field Day, hosted by ACCA and sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York, celebrates the onset of ACCA’s prevention programming in area schools.  Field Day will offer plenty of food and activities for families to enjoy, including music, a magic show, a moon bounce, pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival games and prizes, face painting, balloon animals, caricatures, a book giveaway, and a variety of arts and crafts.  At 11:30 am, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and Assemblymember John McDonald will distribute trophies to winners of ACCA’s 2012-2013 Annual Prevention Poster Contest.

“Start Smart Field Day is ACCA’s way of thanking our partners, including the students and administrators of the public and private schools, after-school and summer programs who have continually utilized our prevention education programming throughout our 18-year history,” states Keith W. Stack, Executive Director of the Addictions Care Center.  “Our prevention educators have worked tirelessly to further their reach into the community and provide the kind of education our children need to make healthy choices and remain resilient.  We are fortunate to have such great support within Albany County and are pleased we are able to give back to the community by offering this free event!”

“We are proud to support ACCA and its annual Start Smart Field Day,” said Brian O’Grady, vice president, BlueShield of Northeastern New York. “The prevention programs offered by ACCA provide children with valuable tools to make healthy choices now and throughout their lives.”

About ACCA-

The Addictions Care Center of Albany empowers individuals, families and communities to advance beyond addiction and overcome barriers to healing through an array of quality, compassionate care and prevention programs. ACCA respects each individual’s unique journey through recovery and believes the disease of addiction is both preventable and treatable. ACCA’s programs and services include community residences, outpatient clinic and intensive day treatment, substance abuse prevention, and professional training and development.  ACCA’s vision is to heal the hearts of everyone touched by addiction.  ACCA is located at 90 McCarty Avenue, Albany, New York 12202.

About BlueShield of Northeastern New York-

BlueShield of Northeastern New York is a leading health care company that provides access to quality health care and innovative solutions for members throughout upstate New York. Located in Albany, NY, the company is an independent Licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

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