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August 3, 2010

HALO sponsors health, safety fair

Booths to entertain, inform kids

DANVILLE — Vermilion County children have the opportunity to get health and safety tips in a fun way during the annual HALO Health, Safety and Activity Fair.

Kathy Richard, HALO project director, said the program will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Village Mall. She said it has been successfully produced there many years, and was put on at Lincoln Park before being moved indoors.

The 2010 HALO Health, Safety and Activity Fair will have around 50 booths from different community members and organizations that will provide information to parents and have fun activities for children to do.

Information covered will include proper hand washing techniques, information about cigarette smoking, wellness screenings, self-defense tips and car seat safety checks.

The Provena pharmacy also will be on hand to discuss the proper handling of medication, such as storage temperatures, tools to give medicine in and other dispensing techniques.

Children will be entertained and educated by making homemade goop, jumping rope for prizes, listening to stories from public library personnel, visiting the DARE officer and seeing a Danville Fire Department fire truck, as well as many other crafts and games.

Richard said between 250 and 300 children and 130 parents attended the 2009 event.

“We feel that especially with the cutbacks and programs being moved from one agency to another that this is especially important for parents to know where their resources are,” Richard said.

HALO health committee member Rachel Heron agreed.

“With our local economy, it provides all kinds of suggestions and support for the parents,” Heron said. “And there are a lot of fun things, too.”

Heron said the fair has grown through the years and now takes up the better portion of the open aisles at the mall.

She said many volunteers help out with the event.

Also on site that day will be the Colgate/Palmolive Dental Van. The van will make the fair its last stop on a weeklong tour through the county, providing free dental screenings to youngsters to fulfill the state requirement for entry into kindergarten, second and sixth grades. Besides the screening, dental hygiene education and supplies will be given to the children.

The dental van tour route includes these stops:

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