Partners across Lake County are converging at North Lake School Wednesday for the Outback Strong Teen Health Fair: North.
The health fair will provide information about health and well-being in a fun environment. As they enter the fair, kids will be given a passport that outlines each station they must visit. They’ll receive a stamp at each station, and when their passports are full, they’ll receive a prize. Throughout the event there will be giveaways, snacks, and fun, including a photo booth.
The stations will be hosted by partners that include:
La Pine Community Health Center-Christmas Valley: The clinic will schedule adolescent well care visits for kids 12 and older. An adolescent well care visit is an appointment with a primary care provider to assess a young person’s overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The appointments are an important component to ensuring a kid’s continued health, similar to the well child checks younger children receive, or an annual physical an adult might have with his or her provider. Youths who complete their adolescent well care visits will be entered to win a fabulous grand prize.
La Pine Community Health Center also will provide information about suicide and bullying. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among kids ages 10 to 18 (National Institute of Mental Health), and bullying and suicide are often linked (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Lake District Wellness Center will screen youths for depression. Not only is depression a risk factor for suicide, it’s a debilitating disease in its own right. Screening for this mental health condition will identify kids who might benefit from a follow-up appointment that can help them find a counselor and/or medication if needed.
Lake County Public Health will give immunizations. Immunizations are a safe, effective way to prevent diseases. They’re also required by the state of Oregon for kids in school (Oregon Health Authority). Some parents choose to exempt their children from this requirement (OHA), but medical authorities encourage vaccination as a way to keep kids healthy (CDC).
Lake District Wellness Center-Prevention will demonstrate the hazards of drinking and driving, or getting into a car with someone who has been drinking. The state of Oregon reports that impaired drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were responsible for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in Oregon in 2015.
FoodCorps service member Brooke Kelleher will present information about nutrition. One in five Oregon youths are in danger of becoming overweight or obese, and one in three is at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes (FoodCorps). Healthy eating can go a long way toward ensuring kids maintain a healthy weight.
Oregon State University Lake County Extension will emphasize the importance of another component of a healthy lifestyle: physical activity. Kids should come prepared to play a game that will demonstrate that being active can be fun.
Advantage Dental will provide dental sealants. Sealants are thin coating that adhere to the molars that act as a barrier to protect against cavities. While sealants alone aren’t enough — the American Dental Association says brushing and flossing are the best line of defense against cavities — they can play an important role in dental health.
The above list is not comprehensive. The Outback Strong Teen Health Fair: North will offer much more.
The fair has been organized by Lake Health District’s Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) and is made possible by a grant from Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization. For more information about the teen health fair, email CHIP coordinator Arvinder Singh or call him at (425) 999-6345.