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Free Children’s Health Fair is on Sunday, October 4


UKIAH, CA -- It’s time once again for the seventh annual Free Children’s Health Fair “Wild About Health” which will be held this Sunday October 4, from 11 – 3 p.m., at the Alex Rorabaugh Recreation Center located on the Grace Hudson school campus in Ukiah. The fair is expected to attract more than 400 children and their families who will participate in free health screenings and gain valuable information about resources in the community.

The event is sponsored by Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC) and the Savings Bank of Mendocino County along with a coalition of community partners including the Boys and Girls Club, First 5 Mendocino, Healthy Kids Mendocino, Mendocino Community Health Clinic, North Coast Opportunities, Redwood Community Services, Shriners Hospital, Soroptimist International of Ukiah, Ukiah Unified School District, and Ukiah Valley Rural Health Center.

A passport to health is given to each child upon arrival which challenges them to travel through the “jungle” of fun activities and health screenings. They will have the opportunity to visit over 30 interactive booths where they will learn about healthy eating, staying fit, fire safety – parents and care givers will also have access to valuable community resources all in one place!. At each booth the children’s passports will be stamped and once they have filled their passport they can drop it off in a prize drawing for a chance to win one of several raffle items, including a brand new bicycle.

Free health screenings such as dental, vision, diabetes, and hearing to name a few are available. Shriners provides a free screening clinic for children in need of specialized services for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Over the years these screenings have helped to identify many children with health issues that may not have had access to the same kind of health care services otherwise. Also, new this year free flu vaccines will be offered to parents and caregivers.

Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes and receive a free bike safety check-up and participate in the bike safety course. Those in need will also receive a free bike helmet and bike safety light. Other activities include a Kids’ Challenge course, hands-on CPR demonstration, live DJ and exercise instruction.

Hundreds of families attend this event every year. While the kids are having fun at the booths, parents gain valuable information about available services from a variety of organizations in the community. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday, October 4!

In addition to the major sponsors, the Free Children’s Health Fair is made possible due to generous donations from the community. So far this year donations have been received from Alex Rorabaugh Recreation Center, Soroptimist International of Ukiah, Operating Engineers Local Union #3, Law offices of John P. Passalacqua, Pacific Redwood Medical Group, Dave’s Bike Shop, Lucky’s Supermarket and anonymous donors.

For more information on how to get involved, make a donation or if you have questions, please contact Bridget Sholin at (707) 467-5282 or

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Ukiah Valley Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit [Hospital Website] for more information.