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Child Health Week observed in Obion County

Child Health Week observed in Obion County
The Obion County Health Department is currently celebrating Child Health Week.
The 2011 theme for Child Health Week is “A Healthy Tennessee Begins With a Healthy Me!” with the message that every Tennessean can have a positive impact on the health and well-being of children.
“Parents can strive for their best personal health and model and encourage active lifestyles and healthy eating with their children,” said Obion County Health Department director Tim James. “Even those who are not parents can support community efforts to create environments that foster healthy lifestyles.”
The Obion County Health Department will host “Fall Into Fitness Fair” in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee-Union City, Obion County Health Council, CAB/Interagency, United Healthcare, Volunteer State Health Plan and other community partners for Child Health Week Friday from 3-5 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club at 1015 East College St. Fall Into Fitness Fair is a health and awareness fair where giveaways, games, activities and information will be available for people of all ages.
The Tennessee Depart-ment of Health offers many services and programs to support the health of children. WIC, the State Immunization Program and the Newborn Screening Program make sure young children get a healthy start on life. TENNderCARE and Children’s Special Services help give access to preventive health care services and resources to manage childhood illnesses. Get Fit Tennessee provides tools, games and other information to help families improve their eating plans and get more active. Health department clinics also provide services including breastfeeding support and nutrition education.
The health department urges all Obion County residents to make the health and well-being of children a top priority this week and every week in the year ahead. For more information about services for children and families, call the Obion County Health Department at 885-8722.
For more information on Child Health Week, including the statewide events calendar, visit http://health.state.tn.us/MCH/CHW.shtml.
Published in The Messenger 10.3.11

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