. – The Children’s Health Fair
, an annual event designed to teach third-grade students how to live safe and healthy lifestyles, will be presented virtually from Jan. 11 to April 16, 2021. This year’s event is sponsored by the UPMC Pinnacle Foundation
and will be presented to students from Cumberland and Perry County school districts for the first time.
Throughout the Children’s Health Fair, students will view learning stations by accessing a series of modules online every two weeks. The program incorporates age-appropriate lessons based on the theme “Healthy is Happy.”
“UPMC Pinnacle is committed to the health and wellness of our local communities,” said Tina Nixon, vice president for Mission Effectiveness, Diversity and Inclusion for UPMC Pinnacle. “Being able to meet children where they are and teach them about health and health care helps them develop a positive attitude toward their health and well-being and may one day steer them to a career in health or science.”
Video sessions give children the chance to see, hear and learn information on building self-esteem, promoting positive relationships, prompting children to consider health career options and inspire them to choose healthy lifestyles. Children rotate through the learning stations where they learn to identify food groups on “Choose My Plate;” the importance of a healthy mouth and teeth; how to stay safe on the internet; the negative effects of smoking; how to prepare for hospital tests if needed; about health care careers; and much more.
The following schools will be participating in the event: East Pennsboro Elementary, West Creek Hills Elementary, Blain Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary, Iron Forge Elementary and New Bloomfield Elementary.