Hospital health fair

School has begun and that means it is time for the Back to School Health Fair at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.

About 1,000 people, including as many has 500 children, are expected to turn out at the hospital from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, for a free health check, dental check, vision screening and a variety of other activities. The event is geared toward children from infant to 12 years old.

It’s the 25th year of this event that has become one of the largest health fairs in the state. And this year the United Way of Northeast Mississippi has lent its support with help in providing school supplies and backpacks for school-age children

In addition to the screenings, educational information will be available on topics such as swimming, sun safety, bully prevention, and a long list of other activities.
Children may also bring their dolls and teddy bears for a free checkup by a doctor.

The hospital will be offering free hotdogs, drinks and snacks as well.
Nancy Kidd, director of marketing and physician relations at the hospital, said the goal of the fair is to catch early health problems, provide lots of information about nutrition and safety and have fun while doing it.

Many hospital and community volunteers are involved in the program, which is put together by Kidd and and the hospital staff.

The health fair is but another example of how fortunate New Albany is to have a responsible, non-profit hospital in the community.

We appreciate Baptist’s ongoing commitment to a community children’s health fair.