Health Department hosts Fall Festival

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 10/15/17

More than 300 children, and their grown-ups, turned out Friday afternoon for the third annual Fall Festival at the Bradley County Health Department.Health department employees, and several …

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More than 300 children, and their grown-ups, turned out Friday afternoon for the third annual Fall Festival at the Bradley County Health Department.

Health department employees, and several volunteers, provided a number of information destinations, and games and activities for small to mid-size kids during their fall break from school.

Health Educator Amy Davenport, one of the organizers of the fall fun festival each year, said this is an opportunity for the health department to get the word out to families in surrounding neighborhoods relating to what services and programs the healthcare facility has to offer.

The event, which is scheduled around National Child Health Week each year, has a number of partners, including several city government agencies. Child Health Week was last week.

Police and fire department personnel were on hand, as well as a couple of first responder vehicles.

Each of the tables were loaded with keepsakes, fun things to do, and information about health department and city programs for community residents.

Cleveland Police officer Jennifer Samples was one hand to join health department technicians Teresa Rodgers and Tammy Stevison in training parents and caregivers on the correct way to install child safety seats.

The health departments gives directions for child safety seats every first and third Tuesday. Samples said the police department now has five officers trained installation of car seats, and are instructing others.

There  was also a table with information about the health department's Women, Infant, Child (WIC) Program.

Teresa Torbett provided a table with keepsakes and instruction concerning the city's Codes Enforcement Department.

Kim Morrison was providing balloon animals for the children, there were opportunities to color and draw, an environmental booth with lessons on food safety measures, information on suicide prevention, data about the health department's oral/dental program and services, and women's health issues.

One of the favored attractions was a bounce game, located alongside a visiting fire engine.

Employees of the health department were wearing their "Hoot" t-shirts to go along with the fall/Halloween season.

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