Children's Health & Safari at OSF Sept. 16

Sponsored by the OSF Saint Anthony pediatrics, trauma/emergency services and Lifeline departments, the Fifth Annual Children’s Health and Safety Safari will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, in the back of the Emergency Department parking lot at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

As part of the Health & Safety Fair, a free child safety seat inspection will also be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Activities at the booths include finger casting, fake “stitches,” demonstrations of look-alike poisons, “seeing” germs before and after hand-washing, and viewing Lifeline Emergency Helicopter and Ambulance.

Sponsored by the Rockford Park District and the Safe Kids Coalition, a bike rodeo demonstrating bike safety and helmets will be held during the Fair.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department will present information about fingerprinting; a member of the canine (K-9) unit will be on hand, and the Rockford Fire Department will offer information and demonstrations.

A highlight of the event is the appearance by Troo, the OSF Traumaroo, mascot for the program sponsored by the Trauma Department that emphasizes bicycle safety, home safety, car passenger safety, health safety and playground safety.

The OSF Health and Safety Safari will offer activities, booths and prizes for children as they learn about safety—whether they’re burrowed in their den, bicycling across the wildlife ranges of the Bike Path or facing the rigors of the schoolyard jungle. For more information, call 227-2055.

From the Sept. 13-19, 2006, issue

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