By Portia Williams
Southern Ohio Medical Center hosted ‘Fit & Fun on 14th’ at the 14th Street Community Center on Tuesday. The event offered a wealth of resources to the community, including free health and nutritional information, drug prevention education, and fitness opportunities.
Debbie Daniels, a physician liaison with Southern Ohio Medical Center, said SOMC’s Fit & Fun is an outreach effort to the Summer Outreach Program, and the residents of Farley Square.
“We have gone to the different apartments in the area, and invited the people to come in. We are offering a lot of tips on healthy-living,” Daniels said.
SOMC Fit & Fun provided a tables with information pertaining to blood pressure, where participants could have their blood pressure checked, including height and weight. The Healthy Plate was among the booths, teaching children to eat well-balanced meals, and an exercise area for kids to sample different types of exercise equipment.
Juan Shipley, an officer of the Portsmouth Police Department said
“From the law enforcement end of this, I am here to provide information on safety, whether it’s stranger-danger, and staying away from drugs, they techniques for doing that, and bullying, and who to report to if they are bullied,” Shipley said.
He said offering opportunities for children ask questions about safety is extremely important.
“It is always important to combine any sense of urgency together with kids, kids are our future, and we want to guide them and provide them with as much information as possible,” Shipley said.
John Radford, pediatrician and Senior Medical Director at SOMC said his take is on medical safety issues.
“How to keep yourself hydrated in the summer, and wearing your sun sunscreen, and reminding kids to use their bike helmets. A lot of kids do not wear bike helmets, so we just want them to be safe out there,” Radford said.
SOMC also supplied Fit & Fun on 14th participants with back packs consisting of water bottles, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and writing pads containing a list of emergency contact information in cases where needed.
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