Event is Saturday at the Morgantown Mall

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Kids of all ages can “Spring Into Good Health” at WVU Children’s Hospital’s 15th annual Kids Fair, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Morgantown Mall. The event will focus on helping kids get on track now to make healthy lifestyle choices for a lifetime of good health.

Many of the 51 exhibitors, in a kid-friendly way, will teach children daily health habits. Puppets will demonstrate how to properly brush and floss. Kids will learn how to make smart, nutritious food choices. And they’ll be encouraged to get moving and stay active.
Kids will learn about the dangers of tobacco use and how to be good stewards of the environment. Many exhibitors will showcase safety practices. There also will be booths with information for new and expecting families.

At the WVU Children’s Hospital booths, kids can receive glucose testing and body mass index (BMI) assessments. Hand-washing education will be provided, as well as details on the hospital’s Healthy Babies and Child Life programs. Kids can participate in raffles and pick up a drawstring backpack.

Other free health assessments being offered at the event include blood pressure, developmental (for kids from birth to age 3), flexibility and strength, lung function, motor skills development and vision (for kids ages 3 to 5). Kids can also listen to their hearts.

There will be bike helmet and backpack fittings, child seat safety inspections, ambulance tours, arts and crafts, a bounce house, face painting, puppet shows, a prize wheel and a kiddie carnival.  

Monti – the Mountaineer Bear will be there, as well as the Mountaineer, Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, the Hearts of Gold Service Dogs and the Mountaineer Kennel Club Therapy Dogs. The Supercyclers will arrive at 2:30 p.m.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Carnegie Science Center will present “Captain Green’s Adventure.” Kids can join Captain Green in a quest to save the environment. They’ll travel around the world and back in time as they learn the history and science of climate change. The performances will take place at the mall food court.

Young and old alike can expect a grand day of fun and learning how to be healthy and stay safe.
For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
sb/ajk: 04-11-13