OSF St. Anthony invites community to Children’s Health & Safety Safari

From press release

Sponsored by the OSF St. Anthony pediatrics, trauma/emergency services and Lifeline departments, the Eighth Annual Children’s Health and Safety Safari will be from 10 a..m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, on the campus of OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

The event is free and open to the community. A few of the highlights include:

Life-size operation game

Infant safety, brain development and water safety

X-rays: How doctors see what’s wrong

Information about Internet safety, nutrition, asthma, burn and fire prevention

Railway Safety presented through an interactive

-type game

Pain management and how to help your child when he or she is in pain

A child safety car seat inspection will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Activities at the booths include finger casting; tattoo

; demonstrations of look-alike poisons, a

demonstration before and after hand-washing;

game; face painting and viewing Lifeline emergency helicopter and ambulance.

The Rockford Fire Department will bring the
Safety House

and a fire truck to the event. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department will offer information on
Stranger Danger,

handling bullies and fingerprinting. The Winnebago County Health Department will offer vision and hearing screenings for children.

A highlight of the Health and Safety Safari 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.

Free cholesterol and glucose health screenings for adults will be offered. For more information, call (815) 227-2055.

From the September 16-22, 2009 issue.

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