Free Teen Health Fair promises fun, education

Hannibal 2018 Teen Health Fair
Bowling Green seventh graders, from left, Dylan Fox, Dakota Hill and Millie Goff display their door prizes and eat pizza at the 2018 Teen Health Fair, as they report what they have learned. This year's event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
For the Courier-Post
Posted: Jan. 21, 2019 1:08 pm

The CHART Teen Task Force announces its 23rd Teen Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center in downtown Hannibal.

The Health Fair features booths on health and safety for teens, a DJ with music, free prizes for teens and free food for all visitors. At the Health Fair, teens can put on glasses simulating the effects of alcohol on simple tasks like walking. Information on mental health issues, dental health, abstinence, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and effects of drugs and alcohol will be presented. Booths will include 4H Shooting Sports Safety, University Extension's Smoothie bike using teen pedal power to run the blender and the Gallery offering hair styling. There will be a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu demonstration by Gracie Barra. This free teen event is designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices for teens, and is an opportunity for church youth groups, scout groups, school groups and families with teens to combine fun and learning.

"Teens and their parents can experience a variety of educational booths and demonstrations which can enhance asset development and a healthy lifestyle," said Sandra Ahlum, M.D., chairperson of the CHART Teen Task Force. Over 30 booths will provide information for teens, and all teens will be eligible for prizes. The Teen Health Fair is made possible by many generous donations from area merchants and individuals, the Riedel Foundation, Evening Kiwanis and Comprehensive Health Management. The event is co-sponsored by the CHART Teen Task Force and Hannibal Parks and Recreation.

For more information about the Teen Health Fair, contact Dr. Ahlum at 573-231-3108, or Leigh Ann Bergman at 573-822-4271.



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