WVU Children’s Hospital hosts 12th annual Kids Fair

Event is May 1 at the Morgantown Mall

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – “Ready, Set – Go Healthy!” is the theme for the 12th annual WVU Children’s Hospital Kids Fair, which will focus on helping children to make healthy lifestyle choices for a lifetime of good health. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, at the Morgantown Mall.

“Each year, we look forward to meeting with people from the community at the Kids Fair,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “It’s a good way for families to get to know us in case they are ever in need of our services in the future.”

Many of the 41 exhibitors, in a kid-friendly way, will teach children daily health habits. The Tooth Fairy and puppets will demonstrate how to properly brush and floss. Kids will learn how to make smart, nutritious food choices by playing a make-a-meal game. And they'll be encouraged to get moving and stay active by participating in a group exercise class, hopscotch games and jumping to their hearts’ content in the ever-popular bounce house.

The Kids Fair kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade led by Furry Red Monster and Pink Fairy Monster. Children are invited to wear their favorite exercise clothes and meet these popular characters at the Food Court for a rollicking parade throughout the mall. All kids in the parade will get a small gift.

There are numerous free health screenings and giveaways throughout the fair, including blood pressure, strength and flexibility tests, color blindness and vision (for kids ages 3 to 5) and developmental (for kids from birth to age 3) assessments. Heather Clawges, M.D., of the WVU Department of Pediatrics, will be on-site at the WVUH Sleep Evaluation Center's booth from 10 a.m.-noon to talk with parents about children’s sleep issues.

Other booths include the kiddie carnival, face painting, arts and crafts, prize wheel and lip sync competition.

WVAQ will broadcast live throughout the fair by the Food Court and hold the lip sync competition at 2 p.m. for two age categories: 4-10 and 11-16. The winners in each age category will get a Morgantown Mall gift card: $75, first place; $50, second; and $25, third.

There will be many hands-on activities at the fair. Kids can listen to their own hearts with a real stethoscope at The Wellness Program booth. They can also plant fruit and vegetable seeds to start their own nutritious garden at the WVUH Nutrition Services Booth.

The fair will offer safety checks, as well. The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department will conduct child safety seat inspections. Kids should bring their bike helmets and backpacks to get them checked for proper fitting by HealthSouth MountainView.

Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, the Hearts of Gold Service Dogs, Mountaineer Kennel Club Therapy Dogs, Troo the Traumaroo and Tic-Tac-Tooth will all make special appearances throughout the day.




For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 04-23-10

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