Saint Anthony invites community to Children’s Health & Safety Safari

Sponsored by the OSF Saint Anthony pediatrics, trauma/emergency services and Lifeline departments, the Sixth Annual Children’s Health and Safety Safari will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, in the back of the Emergency Department parking lot at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. A child safety seat inspection will also be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event and all activities are free.

Staff from the OSF Saint Anthony Center for Sports Medicine and Health Fitness will conduct a relay obstacle course every hour. With “frog jumps,” single-foot hopping, skipping and high kicks, the activity will show youngsters how to have fun while staying fit.

Activities at the booths include finger casting; tattoo “stitches; demonstrations of look-alike poisons, a “glow-germ” demonstration before and after hand-washing; “place-the-organ-on-the-body” game; computer and Internet safety; a life-size operation game and viewing Lifeline Emergency Helicopter and Ambulance.

Information will be provided about such topics as bathtub and water safety, asthma, nutrition and diabetes. Health screenings for adults include cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure.

Community organizations and the Police and Fire departments will also offer vision and early intervention screenings, a bike rodeo and information about “stop, drop and roll,” gun control and handling bullies.

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.

Mark your calendar to join in the quest for keeping children safe.

For more information, call 815-227-2055.

from the Sept. 12 – 18, 2007, issue

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