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[APRIL 1, 2006]  The 20th annual Children's Health Fair was at the Lincoln Park District Indoor Sports Center on Friday. Fifth-grade students from Lincoln and Logan County schools were brought to the sports center for two-hour-long segments during the day. Home-schooled fifth-grade students were also invited to attend.

The goal of the Children's Health Fair was to encourage children to learn about health in a way that allowed them to play an active part in the learning process. More than 30 agencies were represented at the fair.

The children received information about such topics as cancer prevention, exercise, nutrition, hospitals, dental heath, disabilities, drugs and alcohol, emergency services, safety, personal hygiene, and posture.

The students once again went 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 were physically involved while navigating the blood's pathway through the body.

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This year's competition between schools focused on the healthy aspects of walking. A distance walking challenge was given to each of the participating schools. Classes walking the farthest won prizes. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, D.A.R.E., awarded the first-place class a large bag of sports equipment.

The annual Community Health Fair is in progress today (Saturday) until 2 p.m. at the Rec Center. More than 70 organizations have displays or offer health screenings. A nominal fee is assessed for some screenings. Admission is free. [Details]

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