County’s annual Back to School Fun Fest promotes wellness, healthy lifestyles

With the school year right around the corner, Wayne County residents can access essential healthcare services and information on living a healthy lifestyle at the 11th annual Back to School Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18 (Rain date Aug. 25) at the County Health Center.

The rain date is Aug. 25. The center is at 33030 Van Born Road in Wayne.

Hosted by the Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness, Fun Fest offers a day of health screenings as well as games and activities for all ages. For the first time, children will be able to receive free sports physicals to ensure eligibility for various school athletics this year.

Three hundred backpacks filled with school supplies will be given out to children 5 to 17 on a first come, first served basis. Four bicycles with helmets and locks and one child safety seat will be raffled off about noon.

Blue Cross Complete of Michigan will sponsor the jump rope contest for children, but new this year will be a performance by the Jumping All- Stars. The nationally competitive non-profit jump rope performance and competition team has taught jump rope around the world and placed in several national and world competitions.

Free services provided at the Family Fun Fest include:
· Immunizations for children up to age 18.
· Sports physicals for children ages 3 to 18.
· Free haircuts for children ages 3 to 18.
· Hearing and vision screenings for children ages 3 to 18.
· Oral dental screenings for children ages 3 to 18.
· Lead testing for children up to age  6.
· Blood pressure screenings.
In addition to offering free health screenings, the Family Fun Fest will also offer information on:
· Learning and understanding your health profile through Body Mass Index screening.
· How to improve nutritional knowledge.
· WIC enrollment and services.
· The benefits of breastfeeding and free class registration.
· Head Start enrollment.
· Services for Veterans.

“Our partners continue to demonstrate their commitment to the community through their ongoing support of the Back to School Fun Fest,” Deputy Wayne County Executive Richard Kaufman said. “The level of excitement and anticipation for the Fun Fest grows each year and it’s our goal to get students ready for a successful year with the necessary supplies and services.”

“The goal of the Back to School Fun Fest is to provide a day of fun and recreation while inspiring individuals, families, organizations and communities to focus on the physical and mental health and wellness of themselves and others,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, director of the Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness.

For more information on the Back to School Fun Fest, go to www.waynecounty.com or call 734-727-7030.