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August 26, 2009 > "Treasure Your Health and Safety"

"Treasure Your Health and Safety"

Children's Health and Safety Fair To Take Place on September 12

It's time to mark your calendars for the biennial Children's Health and Safety Fair. The fair will take place this on Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington Hospital.

"Treasure Your Health and Safety" is the theme this year with activities centered on a special treasure hunt. Interactive games and activities are all focused on health and safety issues pertaining to children. Entertainment, free goodies and special surprises punctuate the fun for the entire family. Children are invited to come dressed as pirates.

The always-popular Teddy Bear Clinic is back with doctors and nurses from Washington Hospital offering check-ups to beloved teddy bears and stuffed animals. Children are encouraged to bring their teddy bears to visit the doctor. The animals will even get a bandage if they need it. The Teddy Bear Clinic provides a chance for children to interact with the medical staff to help ease fears about going to the doctor.

"The Teddy Bear Clinic shows children that going to the doctor doesn't have to be a scary thing," says Ruth Traylor, Director of Community Outreach for Washington Hospital.

This year's event will provide screenings to check for vision, healthy lungs, physical fitness and body mass index. In addition, there will be tips on how to prepare low cost healthy snacks.

Information on several children's health and safety issues will be available at the fair, including topics such as asthma and asthma checks, information on health insurance for children and healthy eating for children.

The event will also feature fun activities such as a bounce house, face painting, an appearance by "Zepron" the talking robot as well as information from Hospital representatives and other local community agencies.

"It's fun for the family and fun for the Hospital to be able to present this great event," Traylor says.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Web site, www.aap.org, contains information about the 2007 immunization schedule, breastfeeding guidelines, seasonal safety tips, including how to protect your children from accidental injuries, as well as simple solutions for safety around the home.


A Fun Event for the Whole Family!

The Children's Health and Safety Fair is free. The fair will be held inside the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditoriums located at Washington West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont. For more information, call (510) 494-7053. Don't forget to bring your teddy bear or stuffed animal.


Children's Health and Safety Resources Throughout the Year

Washington Hospital is a resource for education about child health and safety issues all year long. Parents of infants can join a free Baby 'n' Me Support Group that meets Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 2299 Mowry Ave., Suite 2C, Fremont.

Infant and child safety classes, as well as infant and child CPR classes for caregivers of children, are also offered regularly at Washington Hospital. Expectant parents and new parents can learn how to care for a baby through parenting workshops. A Baby Massage class is available for babies and their parents. To learn about specific dates and times of upcoming classes, call (510) 791-3423.

To learn more about Washington Hospital's child parenting classes, visit www.whhs.com, click on "The Community," select "Community Seminars & Health Classes" and click on "Childbirth and Parenting Classes" from the drop-down menu.

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