Health and safety fair set for Saturday |

Health and safety fair set for Saturday

Cindy Ramunno
Special to the Daily Health and public safety agencies from across the county will participate in this year's health and safety at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards Saturday. McGruff the crime dog is shown above.

They’re geared up and ready to go. Each fall, health agencies from around the valley, along with the Eagle County School District, come together to provide a free day of health and safety care for valley kids. This year is no different. The health fair will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards. This year is the sixth and the fair has expanded each year, with more kids attending the event that features demonstrations, health screenings and lots of giveaways.

Health and safety organizations give kids the opportunity to use fire extinguishers on real flames with local firefighters; see a seat belt demonstration from the Colorado State Patrol; and get a up-close tour of a Flight for Life helicopter. New this year is a bike rodeo where kids will hear bike-safety tips. Bike helmets will be fitted and given out to participants. Car seat inspections will be performed and car seats will be given out to families that need them. Additionally, other giveaways, ranging from water bottles to sun screen to coloring books, are heaped on kids who attend.

Health screenings offered during the fair include vision and hearing tests, and physicals. All screenings are provided free of charge.School district superintendent John Brendza says that this year’s event provides a great central location for parents. “This is a wonderful community effort, in which we partner with various agencies and entities from the health care fields,” says Brendza.

School district spokeswoman Pam Boyd says the event is a vital service to the community. “This event gives kids the opportunity to interact with emergency service providers who keep our valley safe and it gives many families an access to health screenings they wouldn’t have otherwise,” she said. “It takes a great deal of volunteer time and energy to make this huge event happen and we applaud everyone who works to make the Back-to-School Health and Safety Fair happen. “It is a great event and kids love all the freebies,” she added. “We hope all area families come out to enjoy the fun.”

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