Health Fair

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FUN HEALTH FAIR-Mountain Top second grader Carlee Fine was excited to have her face painted and to get popcorn at the LVHN Back to School Health Fair held Aug. 17.
CHECKING OUT GERMS-Kaleb Fields views his hands in a special machine that shows germs as part of a healthy habits station at the LVHN Back to School Health Fair.
LEARNING ABOUT BONES-Siblings Lucas and Ava Leitner learned about bones from Edward Kapuschinsky, of the radiology department at LVHN’s medical center in Mountain Top, as part of the facility’s Back to School Health Fair Aug. 17.
HEALTHY EATING HABITS-Registered dietitian Molly Sweeney teaches Julie Rose Peterlin about healthy eating habits at the LVHN medical facility’s Back to School Health Fair Aug. 17.
CORA FAMILY ATTENDS HEALTH FAIR-Susan Cora, left, and her children, Logan and Kayla Cora, attended the LVHN Back to School Health Fair Aug. 17. They are shown with Barbara Hunsinger, director of cardiology services at LVHN, who taught the children about heart health and the importance of exercise.

packet of puzzles and information on the heart, and other goodies. She clipped a device on Logan Cora’s finger to measure his pulse, or heart rate, as his little sister Kayla looked on with some hesitation.

Hunsinger then jogged to an open area and encouraged both children to do jumping jacks. Kayla again watched but Logan took the task seriously, jumping a few inches off the ground, his Star Wars shirt flapping up and down. Another test and it was found that Logan’s heart rate increased, as he correctly predicted, from 120 to 124.

“We’re teaching them about the heart and exercise and the importance of exercise,” Hunsinger related, as she rewarded Logan and his sister with heart-shaped medals.

“We saw the flier and thought it would be fun to see what they know,” the children’s mother, Susan Cora, said of the event. Of Logan, she added, “He knows a lot more than I thought he would.”

Other stations at the event included an eyesight booth, by Northeast Eye Institute in Mountain Top; a state police booth, offering safety tips; and a fitness and nutrition station, where smiling vegetable stuffed animals encouraged kids to be healthy.

Representatives of the insurance company New York Life had a table where, for free, parents could get their children’s photos, fingerprints, and identity information burned onto a disc to be kept on file at home in case of emergency.

“We don’t keep any of the information but, in the unfortunate event where a child goes missing, the parents will have that information to give police,” explained New York Life Agent Lois Miller. “It’s a free service we offer the local community.”

As children completed tasks at each station, they got their treasure maps stamped and, at the end, received a goodie bag. Children were also treated to pizza, popcorn, and sno-cones. Before the first hour of the three-hour event was over, several dozen families had already attended.

“They seem like they’re having a great time,” Halecky noted, gesturing to the children. “They’re very inquisitive, which we love to see, children wanting to learn.”

Since it’s opening in Mountain Top this spring, the LVHN medical center has been successful. Occupational health providers began working there Aug. 15, Halecky said, and that department has “already seen quite a few patients.” She concluded, “This is a wonderful community that’s so very supportive.”