Mercy prepares health fair for children

Mercy Tiffin Hospital is to host a Children’s Health Fair 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. This free event on the hospital campus at 45 St. Lawrence Drive, is designed for children ages 3-8 and their family.

The fair is to utilize the McMullen Conference Center on the hospital’s first floor along with the new Mercy Community Nature Preserve, adjacent to the hospital’s west side. Thermometers are to be given to the first 350 children.

“We are very excited to be able to team up with other area agencies to provide this fun and informative fair,” said Jana Martin, health management coordinator for Mercy Tiffin. “Parents are encouraged to bring their kids for the morning to learn how to stay healthy, become more comfortable around a healthcare setting, and have a lot of fun.”

Doctors will be on hand to provide a “check-up” for dolls and stuffed animals that children are invited to bring.

The Seneca County Health District and Tiffin Community YMCA are teaming with Mercy Tiffin to provide information and activities. Children will learn about germs and proper hand-washing techniques as well as healthy eating habits.

Hematocrit (tests the volume percentage of red blood cells in the blood), scoliosis and asthma screenings also are to be offered.

“Aside from the activities, health testing and screenings, we will offer a variety of entertainment,” Martin said. “Ronald McDonald will be on hand all day and will provide a magic show at 11:30. Rodney Biggert will conduct a magic show at 10, and Hugs, the hippo from Mercy Children’s Hospital, will be mingling all morning.”

In addition, the LifeFlight helicopter and Life Star Mobile unit are to be on site beginning at 9 a.m. The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is sto help children make kites, and the Seneca County Park District is to provide guided walks through the new Mercy Community Nature Preserve.

“Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for their children to learn more about healthy lifestyles in a fun and relaxing environment,” Martin said.