CARES: A Proud Sponsor of the 1st Annual Kidz Health Fair
The 1st Annual Kidz Health Fair was held on Saturday, June 7th in front of the Children’s Village at the LAC+USC Medical Center. More than 40 sponsors provided free services and resources on health education, safety, injury prevention, nutrition, and car and booster seat safety education. CARES Childcare staff, Gabriela Valdepena and Maria Ruiz, ran a fun game area and gave away prizes to all the participating children. Families were entertained by music, dancing, exercise classes, and special guests Sandra Chavarria (Latin American celebrity producer), and comedian Sergio Bruna. The children were greeted by costumed Superheroes, Amazing Turtles and even a Princess! The “Teddy Bear Clinic,” staffed by the Department of Pediatrics, provided children the opportunity to take a teddy bear through a series of pretend medical experiences that are common in clinic and hospital visits. The goal was to help children become more comfortable with the medical environment should they ever need medical attention. Many of the supplies, including the teddy bears, were donated by CARES.