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September 25, 2007 > Children's Health and Safety is Paired with Fun at Upcoming Fair

Children's Health and Safety is Paired with Fun at Upcoming Fair

It's time to mark your calendars for the annual Children's Health and Safety Fair, sponsored by Washington Hospital. The free fair will be held on Sunday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"Sports: Play Healthy, Stay Healthy" is the theme this year with activities centered on sports and physical activities. 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.
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. A chance for children to interact casually with the medical staff is important for shaping a child's impression about going to the doctor themselves.
"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.
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.
Participants at the health and safety fair will include Alan the Amazing who will provide a magic show and perform face painting. There will be an appearance by Reg-E-Rec from the City of Fremont Recreation Department as well as representatives from Washington Hospital and other local community agencies. The Children's Health and Safety Fair is a wonderful event for the entire community to focus on the importance of taking good care of our valuable kids.
"It's fun for the family and fun for Washington 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.
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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays 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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