The Wayne County Department of Public Health will once again be holding its popular, FREE annual back-to-school Wayne County Health and Safety Fun Fest, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aug.22, on the department’s park-like grounds, 33030 Van Born, at Venoy, in Wayne.
The fair provides Wayne County families with free health services, back-to-school immunizations, health and dental screenings, and important information about nutrition and exercise and how individuals can live healthier lifestyles. Free book bags and school supplies will be provided to the first 300 school-age children in attendance.
“Our overall goal is to provide residents with information and services for healthy living so they can take key proactive, preventive steps in their health care and lifestyle to prevent disease,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, MD, Chief of Health Operations/ Health Officer, Wayne County Department of Health and Human Services. “We want to help Wayne County families and residents of all ages live healthier and more productive lives.”
Parents are asked to bring children’s immunization records with them. Adult immunizations will also be available.
Health services will include: blood pressure, glucose, dental, hearing and vision screenings; lead safe and smoking cessation information; West Nile virus prevention guidelines; HIV/STD education, maternal infant care and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) information.
There will also be handouts about healthy living, low-cost health coverage plans, developments concerning the Affordable Care Act, and much, much more!
This year’s Fun Fest will feature mobile “Health on Wheels” medical units from local health providers which will offer dental and health screenings, along with referrals for adults. Among the participants are Golden Dental and the Garden City Health Coach.
“Each and every day, Wayne County strives to improve the health and quality of life for our residents, and this event is just one of many ways we work with community health partners throughout the year toward achieving that goal,” said Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive.
The Fun Fest also provides educational materials about Wayne County’s many programs and services for residents, and features 80 vendor booths; family entertainment, including children’s games, face painting, health mascots and balloon art; a Wayne Idol Karaoke contest for kids; giveaways, and refreshments.
There will also be prize drawings, including, a car seat, bicycle and bike safety helmet giveaway.
Child safety photo/video IDs with digital fingerprints and dental impressions for positive identification will be provided throughout the day by Wayne Masonic Lodge112. Parents or guardians must accompany children and complete a permission slip for this service.
In addition, fire safety education will be provided. Families can learn life-saving home fire safety evacuation tips inside the Wayne-Westland Fire Department’s state-of-the-art Smoke House which simulates a realistic fire experience.
The Fifth Third Bank eBus will also be on site to provide important information for residents, families and homeowners about programs that can benefit their overall quality of life and financial well-being.
For more information about the Wayne County Health and Safety Fun Fest, call 734.727.7000 or 734.727.7030, or visit www.waynecounty.com, click on “Featured Event.”