By ALICE ORTIZ
AMORY – Smithville School nurse Renea Harris decided to host a health fair for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders to help them learn to make healthier lifestyle choices.
“There is now such a push within the State Department of Education to get the community involved to help students and families,” said Harris. “This is the first year we have done this. Everyone I contacted was excited about it and agreed to come.”
There were booths from Pioneer Hospital, Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center, United Way, Smithville Allied Health students, Smithville Fire Department, Amory Police Department, ICC Nursing students, Dr. Tom Powell, Access Family Health Clinic, Access Family Dental Service,and Amy Jones, respiratory therapist.
Some of the topics covered were blood pressure, fingerprinting, dental and vision screenings, fire safety, tobacco prevention, and nutrition.