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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Teens learn how to make healthy choices

  • Busloads of teens from several area cities learned how to avoid some health hazards and the effects of behavior choices Saturday, April 12, at a Teen Health Fair at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center in Hannibal.
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  • Busloads of teens from several area cities learned how to avoid some health hazards and the effects of behavior choices Saturday, April 12, at a Teen Health Fair at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center in Hannibal.
    This was the 18th annual Teen Health Fair sponsored by the CHART Teen Task Force.
    It was originally scheduled on Feb. 1, then delayed by bad weather. This resulted in fewer teens attending than usual, according to Dr. Sandra Ahlum, chairperson of the CHART Teen Task Force. However, she was pleased to see buses bringing students from Canton, Louisiana and Paris.
    Students also attended from Highland High School in Ewing.
    As usual, the Hannibal Police Department showed teens the dangers of drinking and driving. The officers brought special goggles that gave the teens the same perception of being intoxicated, then let them try to walk a straight line, which proved difficult for the teens, including Kaela Maxwell of Paris.
    Ninth-grader David Weekley of Canton took time out from eating a piece of pizza to explain some of the things he had learned at the health fair. “I figured out what zero tolerance law was, and I learned about not getting electrocuted.”
    Among new agencies participating this year were two that fly patients to hospitals, Air Evac and Survival Flight.
    At the Air Evac booth, program director Brandon Buckman was using a doll to demonstrate infant CPR to a young mother with a very young child.
    Ahlum also was glad to report that the teens were given an opportunity to visit with the dental staff of Dr. Bill Esicar’s office, adding this is the first time a dental booth has been staffed at the fair.
    At another booth, the teens’ eyes were being checked by HQ Eyes.
    The NECAC booth had an informative disp0lay about contraceptives and health information.
    Students also inspected the inside of an ambulance, and at the 911 booth, they learned how to correctly make a report by calling 911.
    Music was played throughout the health fair, and in mid-afternoon, three zumba instructors led the teens in learning how to do this form of dance/exercise.
    Asked what she had learned after visiting the booths, Kiara Chatman of Louisiana said she had learned, “No candy!”
    For more pictures, see photo gallery on hannibal.net
     

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