Mercy Clinic Hosts Children’s Health Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic

July 9, 2015

"See, x-ray's don't hurt; they're cool," explains Mercy radiology

technician Tina Easter at last year's Teddy Bear Clinic

Spend your Saturday morning in a fun way. Plan to attend the Mercy Children’s Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, August 8 at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.  From 9 a.m. to noon, the clinic will provide free health screenings, fitness fun, education and learning opportunities, a chance to see emergency vehicles and meet with community agency representatives. All screenings and events are open to the public.

A highlight of this event will be the Teddy Bear Clinic. Young children are encouraged to bring their teddy bear or favorite doll for a check-up. Surgeons will even be on hand to mend minor lacerations.

“Many children are fascinated with how the human body works,” explained Michelle Bruner, Mercy Clinic director. “Our physicians and nurses have designed a fun-filled morning with lots of interactive tools and educational experiences that kids won’t want to miss. We aim to educate children in a fun way about their health and wellness. Our goal for the event is to make kids aware that simple, everyday choices may add years to a person’s life.”

Just a few of the scheduled activities include: health screenings (eye, vision, blood pressure, height and weight, and dental checks), nutrition information, vaccines, hand-washing tips, healthy snacks, preventing colds and the flu, exercise stations, and a bounce house. Also on site will be Mercy EMS staff, Fort Scott police and fire department personnel, the Bourbon County Sherriff, a Kansas State Trooper as well as Kansas Wildlife and Parks.

Kids may register to win a backpack stuffed with school supplies. 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 Amy Budy at 620-223-8093.

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