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POSTED: May 2, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier/

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LUDOWICI - On April 10, the Long County Health Department had a health fair to promote Immunization Week, which begins on April 19.
The day was planned and organized by the County Nurse Manager Kathy Rowell.
“Since Immunization Week is next week, we decided to celebrate it a little early over the spring break,” Rowell said.
She added, “A lot of times kids look at the doctor or the health department as a bad place to go. By doing this, they will see that it isn’t that, and they won’t be afraid when they come here.”
The fair ran from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Activities included the Fire Safety House, brought over by the Hinesville Fire Department, a face painting table, a fishing booth, a moon walk, exhibits set up by the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department and the Long County EMS, and a demonstration by the Long County Sheriff’s Department drug dog.
In addition, children were visited by the Coastal Health District’s Yellow Duck and Brown Bear.
Adults got information on programs like the Georgia Families, Well-Care, Right from the Start, Medicaid, Helen’s Haven, and the Coastal District’s immunization program.
There also was information given out to the kids regarding dental care, nutrition, hand washing, good-touch/bad-touch, and of course immunizations.
Several volunteers helped, but most of the workers were nursing students from Altamaha Technical College.
Francis Bennett, who is employed by the Long County Head Start, said, “This is a wonderful activity. The kids like everything and always have a good time.”
Linda McReady, who attended with her 10-year-old grandson, Reed McReady, said, “There is a lot of great information given out, and everyone is having a good time.”
In addition to fun and information, everyone also enjoyed free pizza and drinks at lunch.
“I want to thank all the people who helped out today, but special thanks go out to Sheriff (Cecil) Nobles for the drug dog demonstration, Chief (Darrell) Ballance for letting the L/LCFD fire truck come here, Chief (Lamar) Cook and the HFD Fire Safety House, all the nursing students from ATC, and Dailene McDaniel and Teresa Mosley,” Rowell said.
 

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