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Children's Health Fair...2001

Activities on Friday, March 16

[MARCH 14, 2001]  The 15th annual Children's Health Fair will be at the Indoor Sports Complex at the Lincoln Park District, 1400 Primm Road, on Friday, March 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fifth grade students from Lincoln and Logan County schools will be brought to the Indoor Sports Complex for two-hour segments during the day. Home-schooled fifth grade students are also invited to attend. The goal of the Children's Health Fair is to encourage children to learn about health in a way that allows them to play an active part in the learning process. More than 30 agencies will be represented at the fair.

The children will receive information about such topics as cancer prevention, exercise, nutrition, hospitals, dental health, disabilities, drugs and alcohol, emergency services, farm safety, personal hygiene, personal safety, posture, senior citizens and vision.

Special features for 2001

Following last year's successful premiere, students will once again be going through a Heart Adventure Challenge Course. Research studies have supported the notion that children learn best through play experiences. The Elementary Heart Adventure Challenge Course from Western Illinois University does just that. What better way to learn about the most important muscle in the body than to experience going through it! Students are physically involved while navigating the blood's pathway through the body.

The kids will once again have a chance to "scream out" against the tobacco industry, in the American Cancer Society's Great American SmokeScream Contest. Classes will compete against each other, using screams they have written containing messages to the tobacco industry about the dangers of smoking. The best screamers will be treated to a class pizza party.

Coming attractions

For the first time, the Seat Belt Convincer will be a part of the fair. The Illinois Department of Transportation's Seat Belt Convincer, through Eastern Illinois University's Office of Traffic Safety, is visiting the health fair to promote the use of occupant restraints. The Convincer will allow someone to experience the force of a 5-7 mph crash safely. Only riders who are 18 years old or older, or young adults who are currently enrolled in driver's education and have parental consent, may ride the Convincer.


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Four out of five car seats are used wrong. Could yours be one of them? In the U.S. during 1996, 1,813 fatalities were reported for children 14 and under in motor vehicle crashes. Of these deaths, 37 percent were children 4 and under. You are invited to get your child's car seat checked on March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Logan County Health Department will have car safety seat inspections at the Lincoln Community High School in conjunction with the health fair. Call 735-2317 today to schedule your appointment. Jimmy John's Sub Shop is sponsoring this attraction.

Making a return visit is the child identification program. The Lincoln Police Department is bringing this popular program to the fair. Parents will have the opportunity to have their children fingerprinted at no charge. Fingerprinting has been very beneficial to the police in locating missing children. Parents are urged to take advantage of this program offered from 9 a.m. to noon.

Smokey Bear, of the Forestry Department of the Illinois Conservation Service, and Sgt. McGruff of the Lincoln Police Department will also be on hand throughout the day promoting safety.

The Illinois Department of Nuclear Energy will for the first time be displaying the Radon House. The house will be a hands-on exhibit with information about radon, its health effects and testing, as well as fixing the problem.

In addition to the SmokeScream Contest, children have been encouraged to make posters before the fair about some aspect of health. Prizes will be awarded and the posters will be displayed at the fair. The top four winning posters will be on display at Burger King, McDonald's, Taco Bell and Wendy's restaurants before the health fairs.

More information

The Children's Health Fair is co-sponsored by Lincoln Park District and Logan County Health Department.

Questions about the health fair in general or about involving home-schooled children should be directed to Marcia Dowling at the Logan County Health Department, 735-2317, or to Marcia Greenslate at the Lincoln Park District, 732-8770, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Community Health Fair...2001

Activities on Saturday, March 17

[MARCH 14, 2001]  The 16th annual Community Health Fair will be Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District's Indoor Sports Complex. Admission is free. Everyone is invited to attend.

This year's edition of the fair will focus on innovations in safety, health and fitness.

More than 60 organizations will have displays or offer health screenings. Guests at the fair will learn new and innovative approaches to wellness. Many new safety exhibits will be a part of this year's fair. Guests will also have an opportunity to win valuable door prizes donated by area merchants.

Health screenings are always popular at the fair. More than a dozen will be offered this year. The screenings include balance assessment, blood pressure, blood sugar/diabetes, body fat measurement, bone density, child developmental, cholesterol, grip strength, height and weight, hemoglobin testing, pulmonary function, and vision screening. All except the hemoglobin test ($1) will be free of charge.

The American Red Cross will again be conducting a blood drive in conjunction with the Health Fair. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your gift of blood can help save someone's life, so please plan to give at the American Red Cross Blood Bank. First-time donors are welcome; no experience needed!


All ages will be treated to plenty of scheduled entertainment during the day as well. At 10 a.m. Scott Brown and his students from Lincoln Tae Kwon Do will give a spirited demonstration.

At 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Vince and Larry, nationally recognized crash dummies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will perform. Vince and Larry will do a brief skit promoting seat belt safety

At 11 Ronald McDonald will make a return visit to the fair. Representing McDonald's restaurants, Ronald will make sure that visitors have a good time. Kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy his presentation.

At 11:30 the Lincoln Bible Church will present a puppet show. The teen group of the church is making their third visit to the fair with this safety-oriented program.


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Sure to add plenty of excitement to the lineup will be a noon performance by the Aerobics Department of the Lincoln Park District. Aero-Kick, a hot new style of exercising, as well as the latest trends in fitness will be featured.

At 1 p.m. Dan Dugan and his students from Yoshukai Karate will be on hand to entertain you with an enthusiastic demonstration on this self-defense discipline.

Concluding the day's entertainment at 1:30 p.m., the HYPE puppets will take center stage. Lincoln Junior High School's HYPE (Helping Youth in a Positive Environment) group is making a second appearance at the fair.

In addition to the above entertainment, a Tot’s Park will be a part of the fair. Youngsters can play on the equipment while moms and dads visit the exhibits and displays. The play area will be under adult supervision.

Bingo will also be available to guests of the fair. Maple Ridge Care Centre is sponsoring this activity for all ages from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Closing credits

Nutritious foods prepared by Lincoln Land Catering will be available for purchase at the fair.

The Community Health Fair is co-sponsored by the Lincoln Park District and the Logan County Health Department.

Participants and their topics are listed below.

Questions about the health fair should be directed to Marcia Greenslate at the Lincoln Park District, 732-8770, or to Marcia Dowling at the Logan County Health Department, 735-2317.


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Screenings at Community Health Fair

[MARCH 14, 2001]  Several health screenings will be offered to the public at the Community Health Fair. The fair will be at the Lincoln Park District’s Indoor Sports Complex, 1400 Primm Road, on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

People interested in the screenings should plan to arrive early enough to allow time for all of the screenings to be done before the fair ends. People who arrive after 1 p.m. may not be able to complete all the screenings. Fasting is not necessary before the tests.

Screening is an accurate and safe procedure when done by trained health care professionals.

Screenings offered at no charge

  • Balance assessment (by Lincoln Land Community College)

  • Blood pressure (by Logan County Health Department)

  • Body fat analysis (by Lincoln Land Community College)

  • Bone density (by Memorial Medical Center)

  • Blood sugar/diabetes (by Graue Pharmacy)

  • Child developmental, age 0-3 (by United Cerebral Palsy)

  • Cholesterol (by Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Cardiac Rehab)

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  • Grip strength (by Lincoln Land Community College)

  • Height and weight (by Lincoln Park District)

  • Pulmonary function (by Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Respiratory Therapy Department)

  • Vision (by Logan County Health Department)

Screening available for a small fee

  • Hemoglobin (by Family Medical Center).

Used primarily to evaluate anemia, this screening is done by finger-stick blood sample. The results are completed in less than one minute, and the cost is only $1. The fee helps defray the expenses involved with offering the test.

Questions about the screenings can be directed to Marcia Dowling at the Logan County Health Department, 735-2317.


Community Health Fair participants


Topics  (* indicates screening)

ALMH, Cardiac Rehab  *Cholesterol screening
ALMH, Healthy Communities Partnership  Services and program available
ALMH, Radiology  *Bone density screening
ALMH, Rehabilitation Department  Women's health issues; wellness
ALMH, Respiratory Care  *Pulmonary function test
AgrAbility Unlimited  Help for disabled farmers
American Cancer Society, Logan County  Cancer education/prevention
American Red Cross  Blood drive
American Red Cross, Logan County Chapter  Classes, services offered
CIEDC Head Start  Health, nutrition and agency pamphlets
The Christian Village  Myths of aging
Community Child Care Connection  Child care needs
Corn Belt Energy Corporation  Electrical safety
Creative Memories  Scrapbook albums
Curves for Women  Services
DeWitt County Nursing Rome  Facility and services
Division of Specialized Care for Children  Services
Drake Eyecare Center  Dry eye developments
Epilepsy Resource Center  Promotion - bicycle helmet
Family Medical Center  *Hemoglobin screening
Graue Pharmacy  Wellness programs
*Diabetes/blood glucose
Hartem FFA  Farm safety
Illinois Assistive Technology Project  Disability awareness
Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program  Services
ICARE Long Term Care Ombudsman Program  Program and services
Illinois Department of Natural Resources  Groundwater protection
Illinois Department of Traffic Safety  Seat belt safety
Illinois Secretary of State  Programs and services
LCHS National Honor Society
Lincoln Health Care Specialists  Osteoporosis
Lincoln Land AA and Alanon  Alcoholism
Lincoln Land Community College  *Body fat analysis
*Balance assessment
*Grip strength
Lincoln Medical  Durable medical equipment
Lincoln Parents Center
Lincoln Park District  Total fitness center
* Height and weight screening
Lincoln Police Department  Child fingerprinting (9 a.m. to noon)
Hunting safety
Lincoln Public Library  Library materials available
Logan County AmeriCorps  Services
Logan County Farm Bureau Women's Committee  Soybeans
Logan County Health Department  STD/HIV/AID
Home health
*Blood pressure screening
*Cholesterol screening
*Vision screening
Environmental health
WIC program
Car seat checkup
Logan County Salvation Army  Services
Logan-Mason Mental Health  Alcohol and drugs
Lutheran Social Services  Foster care and adoption recruitment
Maple Ridge Care Centre  Services
Medicap Pharmacy  Natural medicines
Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center  Talking books and services
Nikken  Nikken magnets
Oasis Senior Center  Programs, services, events
Jim Percival  Reflexology, Chi, Hot House
Prairie Eye Center  Vision
Project Read  Adult literacy
Rape Information Counseling Service  Personal safety tips
Regional Organ Bank  Organ and tissue donation
Reliv International  Nutrition supplementation
Serenity New Massage Therapy  Massage
Sojourn Shelter and Services  Domestic violence prevention
Springfield Center for Independent Living  Disability awareness
Unicity Network  Nutritional products
United Cerebral Palsy of Land of Lincoln  *Child developmental screening
U of I Extension  Nutrition

Logan County 7th graders PARTY all day

[MARCH 9, 2001]  Today Logan County seventh graders gathered in Lincoln Christian College’s chapel for a PARTY! Positive Actions Relating To Youth is an annual, full-day prevention program.

No less than 15 years ago, Logan County Health Department began PARTY for the seventh graders of Logan County. At that time, only sixth graders were involved in DARE. The Health Department believed that older students were still vulnerable to being pressured into dangerous habits, so they began a prevention program.

The goal of the program is "to help students gain information, self-confidence, and skills needed for better decision-making towards their lifetime goals." According to director Marcia Dowling, the program is helping. She hesitated to answer, because it is difficult to evaluate the success of prevention; but as a small part of all the prevention programs in Logan County, Dowling believes PARTY is making a difference.


Each year, for PARTY, the Health Department and others coordinate a day full of activities: a keynote speaker, 10 different workshops and lunch. Many groups and individuals helped to plan and execute the program: teachers, high school students, seventh- and eighth-grade students, the Police Department, the U of I Extension, Logan/Mason Mental Health, Chestnut Health Systems, and more. TOUCH (Teaching Others Using Chemicals Hurts) and the Regional Superintendent’s Office funded the program and speaker.

Seventh and eighth graders suggested topics for workshops. Fifty high school students from Lincoln, Mount Pulaski and Hartsburg-Emden helped with or ran the workshops. They also registered the seventh graders, prepared skits and served lunch. All of the sack lunches were prepared by Mount Pulaski’s Future Homemakers Association. Teachers and police officers donated time to help with the day’s activities as well.


This year’s keynote speaker was David Goerlitz, the former "Winston Man"—not to be confused, he says, with the Marlboro man who died five years ago of lung cancer. For seven years, Goerlitz modeled for Winston cigarettes, making a total of 42 advertisements. The fact that he has made more ads than any other model is not something for which he is proud, rather he uses his "inside knowledge" to better discuss tobacco use and addiction. His desire is to be part of the solution in tobacco prevention, since he used to be part of the problem. Goerlitz also hopes to see more tobacco settlement money being used for tobacco use prevention. He believes that Illinois is doing a better job than most states—a lot better than his home state of New Jersey—but there is always room for improvement.

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[This year’s keynote speaker was David Goerlitz, the former “Winston Man.”]

[For seven years, Goerlitz modeled for Winston cigarettes, making a total of 42 advertisements.]

[In his humorous presentation, the former Winston Man reminded Logan County’s seventh graders that they have known smoking was bad since the age of 5.]

David Goerlitz explained that he began smoking a little bit and eventually smoked his way up to three packs of cigarettes a day. During his presentation, Goerlitz emphasized that young people know smoking will kill them when they are older, but they dismiss the fact that they might have health problems earlier in life. He realized this at the young age of 34. While acting as a photo double for Harrison Ford during the making of the movie "Witness," Goerlitz had a slight stroke, which took away the feeling in his left leg.

In his humorous presentation, the former Winston Man reminded Logan County’s seventh graders that they have known smoking was bad since the age of 5. He relayed an Illinois state statistic that quoted 21 percent of Illinois teenagers as smokers. He asked his audience if they believed the number was too low, and most students raised their hands. Throughout the rest of the presentation, Goerlitz labored to explain to students why some choose to ignore what they have learned from kindergarten and slowly kill themselves with "cancer sticks."

After the main session, students picked four of 10 workshops to attend:

• "Days of Our High School Lives" showed seventh graders what to expect in high school.

• "My Friends, Girlfriends, and Boyfriends" discussed the privileges and responsibilities of friendships and dating.

• "WOW! Do I Really Look Like That?" compared how individuals viewed themselves with how others viewed them.

• A Mobile Ropes Challenge Course was provided by the Illinois National Guard.

• "Turning Around from Drugs and Alcohol" portrayed the difficulties of detoxification.

• "Anger—Constructive or Destructive" helped students better understand their emotions.

• "Personal Safety—Don’t Be a Target" gave students tools for safety at school, on the street, at home and on the Internet.

• "Violence in our School" compared violence in school, student’s lives and in entertainment.

• "Obsessing or Stressing??? Is My Body Healthy?" was designed to teach teenagers more about eating habits and exercise.

• "It Takes Two" encouraged students to practice good communication.

Marcia Dowling was excited about PARTY day, and "the kids certainly enjoy the day." Hopefully PARTY, along with Logan County’s other prevention programs, will be successful in guiding students away from dangerous habits toward productive habits.

[Jean Ann Carnley]

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Honors & Awards

March of Dimes honors nurse, Anderson

[FEB. 27, 2001]  Mary Anderson, RN, BSN recently received an Outstanding Nurse Recognition Award from March of Dimes. Mary has been employed as a public health nurse and communicable disease investigator at Logan County Health Department for the past 11 years. She was nominated by Logan County Health Department. Mary was recognized by March of Dimes for her work in improving the health of infants, children, youth and adults through education about vaccine-preventable disease and immunizations.

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Mobile health unit schedule

[FEB. 5, 2001]  The Rural Health Partnership has announced the schedule for its mobile health unit. Effective Feb. 1, 2001, the unit will run as follows:


Morning: 9-11 a.m.



Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.


1st and 3rd


1st and 3rd



2nd and 4th

San Jose

2nd and 4th






Mount Pulaski



New Holland




1st, 2nd, 3rd





Friendship Manor-Lincoln


1st, 2nd, 4th





2nd and 4th




Maintenance/ special events


special events

The mobile health unit does not operate on the following dates/holidays during 2001:  Feb. 19 (President’s Day), April 13 (Good Friday), May 28 (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day), Sept. 3 (Labor Day), Oct. 8 (Columbus Day), Nov. 12 (Veterans Day), Nov. 22-23 (Thanksgiving break), and Dec. 24 - Jan. 1, 2002 (Christmas break).

For more information on the mobile health unit schedule and services, contact Dayle Eldredge at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 409.

This family resource list to save and use is provided by the Healthy Communities Partnership (732-2161, Ext. 409) and the Healthy Families Task Force.         

Resources for Logan County families


Phone number



911 (Emergencies)
732-3911 (Office -- non-emergency)

911 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital


315 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Aging (Department of)


421 E. Capitol, #100
Springfield, IL 62701-1789

American Cancer Society

546-7586 (24 hour)

1305 Wabash, Ste. J
Springfield, IL 62704

American Red Cross


125 S. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Catholic Social Services


310 S. Logan
Lincoln, IL 62656

Chamber of Commerce


303 S. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Action (CIEDC)


1800 Fifth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Child Care Connection


1004 N. Milton Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-443

Crisis Pregnancy Center


513 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

DCFS (Department of Children & Family Services)

(crisis hotline)

1100 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Heartland Community College GED Program


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Hospice Care of Illinois

(24 hour)
732-2161, Ext. 444

720 N. Bond
Springfield, IL 62702

Housing Authority

732-6312 (24 hour)

1028 N. College St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program


LCHD - 109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Department of Public Health


535 W. Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62761

Illinois Employment & Training Center (JTPA)


812 Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Legal Assistance Foundation

(217) 753-3300

730 E. Vine St., Ste. 214
Springfield, IL 62703

Library - Atlanta

(217) 648-2112

100 Race St.
Atlanta, IL 61723

Library - Elkhart

(217) 947-2313

121 E. Bohan
Elkhart, IL 62634

Library - Lincoln


725 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Library - Mount Pulaski


320 N. Washington
Mount Pulaski, IL 62548

Lincoln Area YMCA


319 W. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry


P.O. Box 773
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Parents’ Center


100 S. Maple
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Park District


1400 Primm Rd.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Department of Human Services (Public Aid)


1550 Fourth St., P.O. Box 310
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Health Department


109 Third St., P.O. Box 508
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan Mason Mental Health

(crisis line)

304 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center


760 S. Postville Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Oasis (Senior Citizens of Logan County)


501 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Project READ


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Salvation Army


1501 N. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Senior Services of Central Illinois

(crisis line)

109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Sojourn Shelter & Service Inc.

(217) 726-5200 (24-hour hotline)

1800 Westchester Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Division of Specialized Care for Children



421 S. Grand Ave. West, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Extension Service


122 S. McLean St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

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