WVU Children’s Hospital Kids Fair Saturday features free bike helmets, film fest and more

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Children’s Hospital hosts the 11th annual Kids Fair Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Morgantown Mall. Some of the fair’s 42 exhibitors – promoting health, wellness and safety – will offer free health assessments.

Entertainment will include performances by illusionist and magician Josh Knotts, an exercise class with Troo the Traumaroo, and a performance by competitive jump rope team Jump Company U.S.A. Appearances will be made by the Easter Bunny, Pooh and Tigger, the WVU Mountaineer, and the Hearts of Gold Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs.

The first 350 kids to drop off a used bicycle helmet, which staff members of the WVU Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center will collect, will receive a new one free.

Carmike Cinemas will also present the 2009 Kids Film Festival the morning of the fair with proceeds benefiting WVU Children’s Hospital. The film festival will include the movies “Hotel for Dogs,” “Coraline,” “Tales of Despereaux” and “The Pink Panther 2.”  The doors will open at 9:15 a.m. and the movies will start at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are $2 a person.

Many activities will be linked to the event’s Jump Start Your Heart theme. Exhibitors will educate kids about the importance of making heart-healthy food choices and staying active.
In addition, WVU Children's Hospital's Pediatric and Adolescent Practice will be on hand with 70 doses of the Menactra® vaccination, which can help prevent bacterial meningitis. The vaccination is recommended for children age 11 and older.
Parents can get their children fingerprinted at the WVU Urgent Care booth, while kids can learn about poison prevention by attending a puppet show presented by the WVU School of Pharmacy.

WVU’s CARDIAC project, a program addressing the prevalence of heart disease in West Virginia, will be holding a scavenger hunt. Those who complete the scavenger hunt will be eligible to win a $50 gift card.

WVAQ will be broadcasting live and hold a Guitar Hero competition.

Other activities include a kiddie carnival, arts and crafts, a bounce house, obstacle courses, ambulance tours and the Dance, Dance Revolution game.

WVU Children’s Hospital will be conducting a wellness clinic where kids can learn about hand-washing hygiene. Health assessments include blood pressure and blood glucose testing, body mass index calculations, color blindness screenings, and developmental and vision checks.

Fair attendees will also have the opportunity to register, and receive a free race t-shirt, for the 2nd Annual CARDIAC Fun 5K Run/ Walk that will take place Saturday, May 2, in Morgantown. The preregistration fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children. All proceeds will be donated to Schools on the Move, which promotes physical activity programs in West Virginia public schools.

For information about WVU Children’s Hospital see www.wvukids.com.

For information about the CARDIAC Fun 5K Run/ Walk see www.cardiacwv.org or call 1-866-347-4757



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
SB/ EL: 03-30-09

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