Upstate News

January 31, 2002
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate holds health fair at Bellevue Elementary School Feb. 8

Children and their parents will be tested on how well they wash their hands, learn about healthy snacks and a wide array of other health issues at a health fair Friday, Feb. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bellevue Elementary School, 530 Stolp Ave., Syracuse. The fair, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by students in the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

“We feel it’s very important to give back to the community and to do so in a way that we can help children and their parents learn more about good health,” said event coordinator Eric Horowitz, a third-year medical student at SUNY Upstate.

Representatives from SUNY Upstate, the Onondaga County Health Department and other agencies will host information booths on such issues as lead and blood pressure screening, poison control, diabetes, fire safety and asthma. Information on Child Health Plus and the WIC program will be available and bicycle helmets will be for sale.

A highlight of the fair will be a hand-washing clinic. After using soap and warm water to wash their hands, children will place them under a special sensor light that can detect unwashed areas.

The event will include musical fun. Third-year medical student Clifford Sussman will perform his original children’s songs.

SUNY Upstate medical students have selected Bellevue Elementary School for their Adopt-A-School program. During the past year, medical students have served as mentors and tutors to students at Bellevue.

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