No Tricks, Just Treats at Children’s Health and Safety Fair
Washington Hospital Event Offers Fun for the Entire Family
If you are a parent, you are probably concerned about your child’s health and safety. Are they eating the right foods and getting enough exercise? How can you avoid serious illnesses this winter? Is your home safe? How do you prevent them from getting cavities? These are some of the many questions you can get answered at Washington Hospital’s Children’s Health and Safety Fair on October 26.
The fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont. A costume contest for kids will be held at 12:30 p.m. The event is free.
While you are getting your questions answered and learning about some of the programs and services available to local families, your kids will be having fun. The highlight of the event is the Teddy Bear Clinic. Pediatricians from Washington Township Medical Foundation will provide teddy bear and stuffed animal “checkups.” Children are encouraged to bring their stuffed animals for a “doctor’s’ visit.”
“Children are typically healthy and often don’t spend much time in a hospital,” said Ruth Traylor, director of Community Outreach at Washington Hospital. “If they do visit or happen to be a patient, it can be a scary place. The Teddy Bear Clinic provides an opportunity for kids to interact with doctors in a fun way. They can see that talking to a doctor doesn’t have to be scary. At the same time, the Health and Safety Fair connects parents to key community resources that can help them keep their children healthy and safe. Families can come any time between 11 and 2.”
More than 30 Booths
There will be more than 30 booths with information and giveaways from a wide range of community groups and government agencies, as well as fun activities for kids, including face painting and a bounce house.
“It should be a great time for kids,” Traylor said. “They will learn about healthy eating and other health and safety tips without even realizing it because it will be incorporated into fun activities. The fair is a way to help children start thinking about their health so they can grow up to be healthy adults.”
Ohlone College will have a booth focused on the environment and “green awareness.” The City of Fremont Recreation Department will provide information about local recreational activities. Fremont Healthy Start will offer information about its health services for families. Tri-City Health Center will focus on dental health while Washington Hospital’s Respiratory Care department will focus on lung health and asthma. The Washington Community Health Resource Library will provide information about the resources it offers, including health books and DVDs. This is just a sampling of the booths and information that will be available at the Children’s Health and Safety Fair on October 26.
“The Health and Safety Fair really does offer something for every member of the family,” Traylor added. “Pediatricians will be on hand to answer parents’ questions and there will be plenty of fun games for kids. And with Halloween so close, the costume contest is a great way for families to get into the holiday spirit.”