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September health and safety fair helps kids use their heads

Dee Warwick
Valley View Hospital
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoKids attend a past health and safety fair.

The Kids and Teens Health and Safety Fair offers something for all young people, from newborns to adolescents. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, the event is a great opportunity to focus on the basics of safety in a fun and engaging venue.

The fair is sponsored by Valley View Hospital, State Farm Insurance, Berthod Motors and the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis. Its purpose is to provide safety resources for area children, with an emphasis on child passenger safety and bike helmet use.

The most basic and effective element of safety for youngsters is protection during transportation. Both car seats and bike helmets are essential for preventing injury and saving lives. Since the fair’s inception in 2002, approximately 2,000 bike helmets have been distributed to children who did not have one. Four hundred plus unsafe or recalled car seats have been replaced with new seats. Certified child passenger safety car seat technicians are at the fair to inspect and fit car seats.

There will be a variety of activities and informational booths, to introduce kids to wellness concepts and to entertain them in the process. The “Little People’s Hospital” is an exercise in teaching youngsters about the hospital experience.

This year’s fair will feature an expanded bike rodeo complete with street signs. A limited number of bikes will be available for use or you may bring your own bike and receive a safety inspection for bicycles.

Thirty booths offer information on fire safety, electrical safety, weather safety and a host of health and wellness topics. This year the fair will introduce some new topics for young teens including teen driving laws and concussions. Offerings such as the Junglemobile and face painting increase the fun factor for kids and keep them well entertained while parents avail themselves of the health and safety information.

Door prizes will be awarded at a 1:30 p.m. drawing. Children who complete the bike rodeo will be eligible to win special prizes. The Glenwood Kiwanis will serve a $5 meal of hot dog or hamburger, with chips and cold drink at the event.

Last year’s fair was attended by approximately 1,300 locals from Aspen to Rifle.

More than 100 volunteers and many groups spend months on the organization of this event. Their effort demonstrates their commitment to the well being of our area’s young people.

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