2017-08-10 / Health

MidMichigan to host health, wellness fair Aug. 17

In honor of National Health Cen­ter Week, MidMichigan Community Health Services, in conjunction with the Roscommon County Human Services Collaborative, is putting together a com­munity event, the Health & Wellness Community Connection Fair, scheduled for Aug. 17.

The Collaborative has taken on the commitment to hold a yearly community connection event, which will be held at the MidMichigan Health Park – Hough­ton Lake location this year. The hours are 3 to 6 p.m.

The Health & Wellness Community Connection Fair will be held throughout the health park, the back parking lot and the Houghton Lake Ambulance Author­ity. Various activities for children and adults will be offered.

Free health screenings include: Cholesterol testing; heel bone density testing; cancer screenings; hearing and vision screenings for kids and adults; and HIV and hepatitis C screenings.

Among the activities at the health fair will be a food and vendor area, diabetes education, a bounce house, face painting and a dunk tank.

There will be prizes, baby equip­ment, games for kids and free fresh pro­duce. There will also be fire, police and ambulance vehicle tours, free kids bike helmets (must be present and must be one year old or older), car seat installa­tion and safety checks from a certified installer and free car seats as supplies last.

‘Reality Bear’

A special activity for children called Reality Bear has been arranged.

The original idea was shared by Lo­relei King, now retired from MidMichi­gan, about an activity that was done in a hospital where she had previously worked.

MidMichigan has put together a team including pediatrician, Dr. Lyndsy Mc­Morrow, Karen Felkey, Tammy Frisbie, Jamie Fagerlie, Angela Johnston and Terri Hooper, and designed an activity to reduce a child’s anxiety about going to the doctor by helping them get familiar with the “clinic visit” model.

Other Reality Bear participants in­clude Mary D’Autremont, Jan Hunt, Dr. Kevin Denlinger, Megan McDow­ell, Abbigail Andrist, Susan Gunn, Shan­non McKinnley and navigators Alisa Muirhead, Jennifer Shamel, Madison Shamel, Jennifer Edwards and Caitlyn Lea.

The goal of the activity is to engage children with role-playing and pretend play.

Children will be given a bear that does not feel well and they take their bear to the doctor to get well. The bears will be labeled based with their symp­toms of illness and children will be di­rected to different “stations” where their bears need to be seen for a diagnosis.

They will start by seeing the doc­tor and then they may go to X-ray, the lab or the pharmacy depending on what Dr. McMorrow recommends. Everyone involved is excited to give the children hands-on, “play” oriented experience. Two full clinical teams, X-ray staff, lab staff and pharmacy staff will be ready to make this a fun experience.

There are 40 bears available for chil­dren ages three to nine years old, on a first come, first served basis. The chil­dren are required to have an adult with them and there will be navigators to as­sist with the bears’ visit to the doctor.

MidMichigan Community Health Services is located at 9249 West Lake City Rd. (M-55).

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