Council to hold Kids Health Festival
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Council to hold Kids Health Festival

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis/Marion County City-County Council will host an interactive health festival to show kids and their families the fun and excitement of having a healthy lifestyle. The event will focus on children 12 and under. Parents, guardians and children are invited to attend this exciting, free event which is the first of its kind sponsored by the Council.

    Where: Glendale Mall, 6101 N. Keystone Ave. (inside and outside activities)

    When: Saturday, August 27, 2005, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Council President Steve Talley said, "Because many families in Marion County do not have health care, I see a need to bring health care services and information on safe, healthy living to the community. As I stated in my Children First Agenda, it is the job of elected officials to assist those who are the most vulnerable in our community."

Virginia A. Caine, M.D., Director, Marion County Health Department said, "The Kids Health Festival is dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy. This event will encourage our children, with the support of their families at this critical stage in their life, to develop healthy bodies, minds, and emotions as they are learning to make informed health care decisions."

According to the Marion County Health Department, children in the community face many health risks. The risks include obesity, asthma, preventable injuries, cancer, homicide and birth defects. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to the issues and provide families with opportunities to avoid or overcome health challenges.

The festival will feature indoor and outdoor activities. Demonstrations, games, entertainment, workshops and educational health zones will bring awareness to many major health issues. Other offerings will include the Health Department's Smile Mobile, health screenings and physicals. Gifts and prizes will be awarded to participants who complete their "Treasure Map to Good Health".

The Marion County Health Department will also provide back to school immunizations for those in grades K-12. There is no charge for any of the vaccinations.

NOTE: The event is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Clarian Health Partners, the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County and the Marion County Health Department.

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