Cherrish S. Pryor(317)327-4245
Tony Felts(317) 287-6036
INDIANAPOLIS – Council President Steve Talley will kick-off the City County Council’s Back-to-School Kids Health Festival. The festival, the first of its kind sponsored by the Council, will be an interactive event to encourage parents, guardians and children to adopt healthy habits, such as good nutrition and regular exercise. The festival will also be the last chance for school-aged children to receive free immunizations for the school year. Immunizations, including shots for Hepatitis B, will be provided by the Marion County Health Department.
President Talley will be joined at the press conference by Dennis Casey, President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana; Virginia A. Caine, M.D., Director, Marion County Health Department; William Stephan, Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Communications at Clarian Health Partners, and Jane Henegar, Deputy Mayor for Community Affairs in the Mayor’s Office.
WHEN: Friday, August 26, 2007
WHERE: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
220 Virginia Ave. (in the parking lot located off East Street)
The festival, which will take place Saturday at Glendale Mall from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., is focused on children 12 and under. The purpose is to provide health education in a fun atmosphere to children and their parents and guardians. The festival is free and will have experts on hand to answer questions about various health issues.
President Talley said, "We cannot continue to let our children go without, at the very least, basic health services. We all know that healthy bodies and minds are learning bodies and minds; therefore, elected officials, community leaders and the business community are taking an active role in making sure that our kids go to school and live healthy lives."
"As a Central Indiana business leader, Anthem will continue to be actively involved in finding solutions to our community's pressing health problems," said Dennis Casey, President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana. "That's why we're pleased to work with Clarian, the Marion County Health Department and local government officials to encourage our children to embrace good health habits."
In addition to vaccinations, the festival will also provide dental checks, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol checks, physicals, child car seat checks, games, entertainment, workshops and educational health zones that will highlight and inform parents and children on the many major health issues they may face.
NOTE: The events major sponsors are Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana, Clarian Health Partners, and the Marion County Health Department.