Kid's Health Fair takes over Edgewater Mall

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Edgewater Rotary Club hosted its 25th Annual Kids Health Fair at the Edgewater Mall Saturday.

Hundreds of folks headed out with their little ones in hand, to take advantage of the free screenings, school supply give away and much more.

The majority of kids at this year's Health Fair gave stellar reviews for different reasons.

"I've gotten a balloon, a free silly band, a sticker and I'm entering the free coloring contest," said Alornas Brans.

Cool mascots and bright colors aside, the event was also extremely beneficial to adults.

"It helps all the families with getting kids started with school and helps them with the screenings of their eyes and ears and the immunizations and stuff like that," says Evelyn Dahl.

Teresa Johnston has been working with the health fair for years. She believes the crowd outside of the mall before it even opened shows that their work has not been in vain.

"We have been doing this all these years to bring education awareness to parents that maybe sometimes need a little help," said Johnston.

Because busy lives can often get in the way of regular check ups in every area of health, the idea of this event is to help parents and their children get healthy a jump start to the new school year.

"Sometimes parents take it for granted that their kids are healthy. We've got vision, hearing, vision especially because sometimes you don't realize your child can't read. Hearing, sometimes you don't realize you can lose the hearing in your ears just from listening to your music too loud, for extended periods of time," said Johnston.

The event aims to be a beneficial experience for the entire family and health fair organizers say they fine tune that mission more each year.

"We've got professionals here from our dentists who are looking for cavities or referrals that maybe your kids going to have to have some teeth pulled or braces. So we're helping the parents be aware of the children's needs," said Johnston.

This year had such an enormous turnout, that organizers believe they may have broken their own record.

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