03/31/2014

Kids can be ‘Healthy Heroes’ at WVU Children’s Hospital Kids Fair

Event will be Saturday, April 5 at the Morgantown Mall

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Children’s Hospital 16th Annual Kids Fair will empower kids to “Be a Healthy Hero” by making healthy lifestyle choices early for a lifetime of good health. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Morgantown Mall.

Many of the 47 exhibitors will use hands-on, kid-friendly activities to promote health, wellness, and safety. Puppets will demonstrate how to properly brush and floss. Other activities and games will encourage kids to make nutritious food choices and stay active.

Kids will learn about the dangers of tobacco use and how to be good stewards of the environment. Exhibitors will also showcase safety practices.

At the WVU Children’s Hospital booth, kids can receive glucose testing and body mass index assessments. Hand-washing education will be provided, and parents can collect details on the hospital’s Healthy Babies and Child Life programs. Kids can participate in drawings and pick up drawstring backpacks.

Free health assessments will be offered for blood pressure, cognitive development (for kids from birth to 3), flexibility and strength, gait, lung function, motor skills development, and vision (for kids ages 3 to 5). Kids can also listen to their hearts.

An officer from the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand for parents to have their car seats inspected for safety.

The WVU Children’s Hospital Kiddie Carnival will offer games, prizes, and face painting throughout the day. Other fun activities are ambulance tours, arts and crafts, prize wheels, puppet shows, and a bounce house.

Several superheroes will attend, including Batman, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-man, Superman and Wonder Woman. Kids are encouraged to come dressed like their favorite superheroes. Photos with the superheroes will be taken from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Other special guests include Monti the Mountaineer Bear, the Mountaineer, the Easter Bunny, Ronald McDonald, Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, the Hearts of Gold Service Dogs, and the Mountaineer Kennel Club Therapy Dogs.

A variety of presentations are planned in the food court area, including Sparky the Fire Dog at 10:30 a.m., the Dancing Classrooms of the Alleghenies at 11 a.m., the Superhero Showcase at noon, and Casey’s ATA Black Belt Academy at 2 p. m.

There will also be a booth for parents looking for a new career to talk to WVU Healthcare human resources staff about employment opportunities.

The Kids Fair will provide a day of health, safety, and fun for heroes of all ages.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuhealthcare.com
sf: 03-24-14

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