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]