Children's Health Fair promotes
play and learning
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The 19th annual Children's
Health Fair will be on Friday at the Lincoln Park District's Indoor
Sports Center, 1400 Primm Road, with sessions between 8:45 a.m. and
Fifth-grade students from Lincoln and Logan County schools will be
brought to the Indoor Sports Center for two-hour long segments
during the day. Home-schooled fifth-grade students are also invited
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
The children will receive
information about such topics as cancer prevention, exercise,
nutrition, hospitals, dental health, disabilities, drugs and
alcohol, emergency services, safety, personal hygiene, and posture.
Special features for 2005
There will be a visit from the
Springfield-based Air Evac helicopter. Air Evac Lifeteam was founded
in Missouri by a group of private citizens who wanted to give the
people in their community better access to emergency medical care.
Air Evac has provided air ambulance care to more than 50,000
patients in rural communities since 1985 and currently has bases in
The 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 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
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The fifth-graders will also view a
presentation by students from the Illinois Math and Science Academy.
The group known as D.A.R.T., for Drug Alcohol Resistance Team, will
present a skit on tobacco use prevention.
This year's student competition
before the health fair focused on the healthy aspects of walking. A
distance walking challenge was given to each of the participating
schools. Classes walking the farthest will win prizes. The D.A.R.E.
program -- Drug Abuse Resistance Education -- has sponsored the
first-place class with a large bag of sports equipment. The top two
classes will receive pedometers from McDonald's.
Questions about the Children's
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 Marcia Greenslate at the Lincoln Park
District, 732-8770, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
[News release from the Lincoln Park District and
County Health Department]
Life Sentence, No Parole
If we tried to invent the
cruelest punishment for dogs, we probably couldn't come up
with anything worse than "solitary confinement" on a chain or
in a kennel.
Dogs are pack animals who
crave the companionship of others. Scratches behind the ears,
games of fetch, or even just walks around the block mean the
world to them. Curling up at your feet while you watch TV is
their idea of heaven.
Many dogs left to fend for
themselves at the end of a chain fall prey to attacks by other
animals or cruel people, and many others are injured or hanged
or choke as a result of getting entangled or caught in their
If you have a backyard dog,
please, bring him or her inside. They don't want much--just
public service announcement from Lincoln Daily News and