Free student sports physicals and health screenings, testing onsite
Bicycles, helmets, backpacks and a child car seat to be given away
With the school year right around the corner, Wayne County residents can access essential healthcare services and information on living a healthy lifestyle at the 11th Annual Back to School Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 (Rain date Aug. 25) at the County Health Center.
Hosted by the Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness, Fun Fest offers a day of health screenings as well as games and activities for all ages. For the first time, children will be able to receive free sports physicals to ensure eligibility for various school athletics this year.
The Back to School Fun Fest will take place at the Wayne Health Center located at 33030 Van Born Road in Wayne, Michigan. Deputy Wayne County Executive, Richard Kaufman is scheduled to be in attendance to participate in the bicycle and child safety seat raffle around noon.
Three hundred backpacks filled with school supplies will be given out to children 5 to 17 on a first come first serve basis. We’re also raffling off four bicycles with helmets and locks and one child safety seat.
Blue Cross Complete of Michigan will again sponsor the jump rope contest for kids, but new this year will be a performance by the Jumping All- Stars. The nationally competitive non-profit jump rope performance and competition team has taught jump rope around the world and placed in several national and world competitions.
“Our partners continue to demonstrate their commitment to the community through their ongoing support of the Back to School Fun Fest,” said Deputy Wayne County Executive Kaufman. “The level of excitement and anticipation for the Fun Fest grows each year and it’s our goal to get students ready for a successful year with the necessary supplies and services.”
Free services provided at the Family Fun Fest will include:
- Immunizations for children 0 to age 18
- Sports physicals for children 3 to age 18
- Free haircuts for children 3 to age 18
- Hearing and vision screenings for children 3 to age 18
- Oral dental screenings for children 3 to age 18
- Lead testing for children from newborn to age 6
- Blood pressure screenings
In addition to offering free health screenings, the Family Fun Fest will also offer information on:
- Learning and understanding your health profile through Body Mass Index screening
- How to improve nutritional knowledge
- WIC enrollment and services
- The benefits of breastfeeding and free class registration
- Head Start enrollment
- Services for Veterans
“The goal of the Back to School Fun Fest is to provide a day of fun and recreation while inspiring individuals, families, organizations and communities to focus on the physical and mental health and wellness of themselves and others,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Director of the Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness.
For more information on the Back to School Fun Fest, visit www.waynecounty.com or call 734-727-7030.