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    12th Annual Children’s Health & Safety Fair makes learning about health, fitness & safety, fun for the whole family!

    For more information, contact:
    Karen Mudd, 209-833-2427
    Kerry Miller, R.N., 209-832-6516

    Tracy – April 6, 2010– - The popular Children’s Health & Safety Fair is set for
    Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. Last year, more than
    6,000 people attended and hundreds received free health screenings.

    Fair attendees will experience a wealth of information and resources; with over 60 booths and exhibits from community health agencies, California Highway Patrol, Fire Department and more. Local health care professionals will answer questions and provide free hearing and vision screenings, along with free dental screenings by a local dentist.

    Children will love the Wee Care Clinic staffed by Sutter Tracy nurses and practice proper hand washing techniques. The clinic gives children a close up look at what nurses and allied health professionals do on the job.

    "We have countless resources available to the community that the public isn’t aware of and our goal is to create health and safety awareness for Tracy residents. The fair provides a fun way for the family to spend a Saturday morning, learning about their health and interacting with local agencies," said Children’s Health & Safety Fair Co-Chair Kerry Miller, R.N. "We want children and families to leave the fair knowing what they can do to stay safe and healthy.”

    Children can challenge their senses, and agility at the Sensory Maze and Obstacle Course sponsored by the Sutter Tracy Occupational & Physical Therapy Departments. Children will also want to be sure to stop by the All-American Sports Academy booth to practice baseball throwing and swinging techniques.

    The ever popular Bike Safety Rodeo, provided by the California Highway Patrol, returns just in time for May’s National Bike Safety month. Children will learn how to maintain and ride bikes safely. The first 500 participants to visit this attraction will receive a free bicycle helmet, courtesy of the Tracy Hospital Foundation.

    The famous Teddy Bear Clinic will also be back. Children of all ages are invited to bring a doll, teddy bear or other stuffed animal for a free "check up." Children will work alongside Tracy physicians caring for their pint-size "patients" just like in a real doctor's office. The Teddy Bear Clinic gives children an opportunity to interact with physicians in a friendly setting. “Even children, who are scared at first, are laughing and having fun by the end of their visit,” adds Miller. “It's all about decreasing a child's fear of going to the doctor and showing them that we are their friends and want to help them.”

    For more information, to participate or volunteer at the fair, please call 209-832-6516.

    About Sutter Tracy Community Hospital
    Sutter Tracy Community Hospital is a full-service, acute care hospital that offers a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services. Founded in 1948 by a group of community residents and business members, the hospital became an affiliate of Sutter Health, Northern California’s leading non-profit provider of health care services and programs, in 1993. Visit us on the web at www.suttertracy.org.

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

    For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, please visit
    www.SutterHealth.org | www.Facebook.com/SutterHealth | www.YouTube.com/SutterHealth

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