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October 18, 2011 > Children's Health and Safety Fair Offers Fun for the Entire Family

Children's Health and Safety Fair Offers Fun for the Entire Family

Mark your calendars. The annual Children's Health and Safety Fair, "Fun Tricks and Healthy Treats," sponsored by Washington Hospital, is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Taking place just before Halloween, the event is a great chance for the entire family to dress in costume and enjoy interactive games and activities focused on health and safety issues pertaining to children.

Entertainment, free goodies and special surprises punctuate the fun. Plus, the always-popular Teddy Bear Clinic is back! Doctors from Washington Township Medical Foundation will be offering check-ups to beloved teddy bears and stuffed animals and kids are encouraged to bring their teddy bears to visit the doctor. The animals will even get a bandage if they need it.

Most importantly, children have the opportunity to interact casually with the medical staff, which can help shape their impression about going to the doctor themselves, according to Ruth Traylor, director of Community Outreach for Washington Hospital.

"The Teddy Bear Clinic shows children that going to the doctor doesn't have to be a scary thing," says Traylor.

Information on several children's health and safety issues will be available at the fair, including topics such as asthma, health insurance for children and healthy eating. Lung capacity screenings will also be available, and representatives from Washington Hospital and other local community agencies will be available to answer questions about a wide variety of children's health topics.

Fun activities at the health fair will include a pumpkin patch and pumpkin-decorating contest along with face painting and a bounce house. Also, special guest Vida Blue, former major league baseball pitcher with the Oakland A's, will be on hand to provide autographs.

"The Children's Health and Safety Fair is a terrific way for the entire community to focus on the importance of taking good care of our most valuable resources," according to Traylor. "It's fun for the family and the staff at Washington Hospital is always pleased to be able to present this great event," Traylor says.

To learn more about children's health and safety topics - including immunization schedules, breastfeeding guidelines, seasonal safety tips, as well as how to protect your children from accidental injuries and simple solutions for safety around the home - visit the American Academy of Pediatrics Web site,

Free fun for the entire family

The Children's Health and Safety Fair is free. The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, inside the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium located at Washington West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont. For more information, call (800) 963-7070 or visit

Don't forget to bring your teddy bear or stuffed animal!

Resources for new and expecting parents

Washington Hospital offers numerous resources for new and expecting parents.

Classes and programs include:
* Free Baby 'n' Me Support Group
* New parent classes
* Free Birthing Center Tours?
* Breastfeeding Support?
* CPR for Family & Friends (Infant/Child CPR)
* Free Prenatal Smart Start for women (and a support person) during first trimester of pregnancy
* Prenatal exercise classes
* Sweet Success Program to support women with gestational diabetes

Visit for a list of childbirth and parenting classes or call (510) 818-5040 for class information, including times, dates, locations and cost.

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