County to offer services and giveaways to promote health

In observance of ?National Public Health Week,? the Marion County Health Department has planned a variety of activities and services April 3-7 to promote community health awareness.

Each day, a different health-related component will be featured, and prizes will be given away in a drawing.

Monday: Free pregnancy tests and free child safety seat checks. Prize: an infant/child safety kit.

Tuesday: Free water screening for nitrates, private well water only. Participants should bring in eight ounces of water for the test. Prize: free water screening, which is a more complete test via personal appointment.

Wednesday: Free routine child immunizations and free adult tetanus/diphtheria immunizations. Prize: bicycle helmet and Minnie Mouse bicycle bell.

Thursday: ?Nutrition Day? will feature refreshments for the public. Representatives from Healthwave, a program that provides health insurance for little or no cost for families with limited income, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prize: adult nutrition basket and a child nutrition basket.

Friday: Free blood pressure, blood sugar and hemoglobin (anemia) checks. Prize: smoke alarm and infant bathing tub.

On Friday all entries from the week will be combined for the drawing of a grand prize: a handmade baby quilt donated by Judy Waner, a collection of preschool books and a collection of young-children?s books, and a gift from the Bath and Body Shop in Marion.

The coordinator of Chronic Disease Risk Reduction will be presenting programs in all the primary schools in Marion County. Lessons for third and fourth graders will be ?Ten Steps for Good Personal Health? and ?Tobacco Use Prevention.?

The Marion County Health Department is located at 230 E. Main, Marion.

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