Harvesting a Healthy Family

August 3, 2012

pretty child

Kids can bring their favorite stuffed

animal or doll to the Teddy Bear Clinic

where Mercy physicians and staff will

give the child's prized possession

a check up, just like a real baby.

Bring the kids out for some healthy family fun and laughter at the Mercy Children’s Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, August 11 at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.  From 9 a.m. – noon, the clinic will provide health screenings, fitness fun, bike and car seat safety checks, prizes, school supply giveaways, and refreshments.  The Life Education Center Mobile from Greenbush will also be on-site.  All screenings and events are free and open to the public.

“Children are special to us that’s why we’ve tailored an event just for them,” said Annamarie Holmes, Mercy Clinic director.  “Mercy has put together a morning dedicated to the children of our community.”

“We aim to educate children in a fun way about their health and wellness,” Holmes added.  “Our goal for the event is to create awareness that simple, everyday choices may add years to a person’s life.”

“A highlight of this event will be the Teddy Bear Clinic, said Michelle Bruner, Mercy Clinic administrative assistant and co-organizer for the health and safety fair. “Young children are encouraged to bring their teddy bear or favorite doll for a check-up at the teddy bear clinic. Physicians and nurses will be on hand to create a fun-filled and educational experience that kids won’t want to miss.”

Just a few of the activities for the morning include: health screenings (eye, vision, blood pressure, height and weight, and dental checks); education about nutrition, vaccines, Asthma, hand-washing, healthy snacks and colds & flu; exercise stations; face painting and a bounce house; Mercy EMS and Medflight as well as fire trucks, firefighters, Bourbon County Sherriff and Kansas State Trooper personnel.

A backpack loaded with school supplies and lunchbox will be given away in a grand-prize drawing.  Winner need not be present to win, but registration the day of the event is required.

For more information about the Mercy Clinic Children’s Health and Safety Fair, call Michelle Bruner at 620-223-8013.

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