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September 13, 2005 > Putting children and their Teddy Bears first

Putting children and their Teddy Bears first

Washington Hospital hosts Children's Health and Safety Fair

by Nitasha Sharma

This Saturday, Washington Hospital in Fremont will host a day of fun with games and share important health information for children and parents. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the parking lot of Washington West (2500 Mowry Ave.) will be the location of the Children's Health and Safety Fair.

The theme of this year's event is "Blast Off to Health Safety." Children can come to enjoy the event and play several games that have this enchanting theme in common. In addition, each game is specially designed to teach children basic health and safety skills. The event, although an informational fair at first glance, it is also an event where children can relax and become more comfortable with doctors, hospitals, and other health-related aspects of the community. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day along with free goodies and special surprises.

If you are a parent whose children are not entirely appreciative of doctors and doctor visits, the Children's Health and Safety Fair has something for you too. The Teddy Bear Clinic will be open for walk-in consultations. At this clinic, teddy bears can receive the healthcare they need while their child counterparts can watch and become more comfortable with doctors and other medical professionals. This clinic is a means by which the staff at Washington Hospital can change the impressions children often have of doctors. If a teddy bear is injured, teddy bear bandages are available at the clinic.

Various booths will be set up around the event with information about child medical care. Materials on childhood asthma and asthma checks will be offered during the event. In addition, parents can educate themselves about children's medical insurance and medicine safety while their children have fun at the event's many attractions.

To add to the excitement, local police and fire departments will present useful health and safety information. Children can meet police officers and firefighters and receive useful tips on how to stay out of harm's way.

"It's fun for the family and fun for Washington Hospital to be able to provide it," said Community Outreach Manager Ruth Traylor on the hospital's website.

Washington Hospital offers information for child health and safety year-round. "Baby 'N Me" support groups meet every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Suite 2C of the building at 2299 Mowry Ave., Fremont. The hospital offers car seat education and checks the first Tuesday of every month at the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium within the Washington West building (appointments necessary). Besides these programs, Washington Hospital offers a long list of parent education classes which are available for the public.

For more information about the Washington Hospital Children's Health and Safety Fair, please contact the Ruth Trayler at (510) 494-7053, or visit www.whhs.com/community/programs/childrens.htm. For information about other Child Health and Safety Resources, call (510)791-3423 or visit www.whhs.com.

 
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