HALO plans health, safety fair for kids

DANVILLE – The Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation HALO Project will host a Back to School Children's Health, Safety and Activity Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.

The fair will feature more than 60 booths with information and activities related to health and safety issues and ways to stay active for children and adults.

The event includes the Smiling Faces Dental Program. While dentists complete the child's dental screening, Central Illinois Dental Education & Services will provide parents education on brushing, flossing, tooth decay, fluoride and sealants. Each child will get a calendar with a stamper.

The goal is for kids to brush their teeth properly three times per day. They can track their success by stamping the calendar. Kids will also get a video camera tour of their teeth, tongue and gums.

Other booths will highlight scoliosis symptoms and nerve system analysis. Activities include touring a fire truck, playing putt-putt golf, fitting a car safety seat properly, making goop, playing table games, fitness tests, one-minute jump rope tests, pool and sun safety, simple wound care, recycling, crime awareness and bicycle safety.

A child identification program will fingerprint, photo and interview children and put the information on a disk.

Children must have an adult in their household with them to participate in any and all screenings or surveys and to get free bicycle helmets. The dental screening will meet the Danville schools' requirement for kindergarten, second and sixth grade children.

For information, call HALO at 442-6587.

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