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Health & Safety, It’s a Family Affair

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Published on 4/9/2007
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     THE DALLES, Ore. (April 17, 2007) - Fun, fitness and free health information for all ages, once again will be the theme for the annual Health & Safety Fair, Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the corner of Fourth and Court streets in front of the Planetree Health Resource Center. This free event, open to the public, is brought to you by Mid-Columbia Medical Center and the Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Co-op.
     The Health & Safety Fair will be bigger and better than ever this year, according to Marsha Davis, committee chair and director of Volunteer Services at MCMC.  "We are thrilled with the community response to this hands-on, informational event," Davis says.  "The fair provides a fun and entertaining approach to sharing both health and safety information for everyone in our community. This truly will be family fun for all ages."
     Housed under five tents and also weaving through the Planetree Health Resource Center, Bank of the West, Bank of America and the streets in-between, the fair will comprise more than 50 booths providing useful information on a variety of health and safety topics.
     Returning this year is the popular OMSI Science exhibit, a hands-on, youth oriented experience aimed at revealing some of the wonders of science. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and their car seats to the Child I.D. and Car Seat Safety clinic located at the Bank of America. The Planetree Health Resource Center once again will be a resource for a variety of health screenings ranging from blood pressure checks to health fair lab profile results and diabetes screenings.
     Many of the tents along Fourth Street will house screenings for vision, spine disorders, oral health, hearing and balance just to name a few, and there will be demonstrations on bike helmet safety, water safety and smoking cessation.
     The Mid-Columbia Fire Prevention Co-op will feature outdoor demonstrations using the "Jaws of Life" and the "Booster" Brush Fire truck. Fair attendees also can learn about 9-1-1 dispatch, LifeFlight, and ambulance services, along with brush and structure fire prevention. Sparky the fire dog and Smokey the Bear also will be on hand to greet children and share safety reminders.
     Y-102 radio will be on the air live from the Health and Safety Fair. For more information please call Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Volunteer Services department at 296-7288.

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