By Max Hrenda
This week, parents and children who stop by the Carter County Health Department will have a chance to learn a little more than how healthy they are.
Through today, the Health Department in conjunction with several other state and local health and education agencies is hosting a health fair in the department’s Truman Clark Annex.
“This is our ‘School’s Out Summer Celebration,’” said Beth Bare, Coordinated School Health coordinator for Carter County Schools. “We’re trying to get our students to get our well-child checkups during the summer. They get their well-child check in the clinic, and then they can come over here to the health fair.”
For the past three years, the health fair has been held in early summer to remind Carter County’s children about the importance of staying active. The event also serves as a reminder to all about the importance of regular checkups.
“Most people only think about going to the doctor when they’re sick,” Bare said. “A routine checkup is important for adults, but it’s especially important for children. We get to see if they’re up-to-date on their vaccinations, a vision screening, and a behavioral screening to make sure they’re on track for learning. It also gives the parents a chance to talk to the nurse and make sure their child is developmentally on the right level.”
During the fair, parents will be rewarded with $10 Wal-Mart gift cards just for taking their children for a checkup. Once they have finished, they can stop by the fair to help strengthen their understanding of the importance of staying physically active.
“All the information we’re giving is about nutrition and exercise,” Bare said. “We want to let them know different things they can do to be healthy this summer.”