What: FitKids Health Fair
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Learning Commons area at San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington
More info: Call 505-564-7980
FARMINGTON — The San Juan Independent Practice Association will host a FitKids Health Fair Saturday at San Juan College to inform families about health-related resources in the community.
The fair will offer free child health screenings, educational activities and material about the importance of children's physical activity, nutrition, preventive care and safety. There will also be nutritious snacks, activities, performances and prizes throughout the day.
More than 30 booths representing local health and fitness organizations -- including Defined Fitness, the Strike Zone and Sundance Dental -- will offer information and activities.
This is the first event of its kind that the San Juan Independent Practice Association has hosted. The group manages contracts between large insurance agencies and independent providers.
"I've been working on building a complex care program and have been looking for local low-cost or free resources," said Kami Calder, the association's care coordinator. "I came across so many that I didn't even know we have here. The information is scattered, however, so the idea is to bring them all together in one spot, instead of people having to look all over for the information."
Calder said one emphasis of the fair will be preventive care.
"Many parents don't realize that preventive care for kids is so important and don't realize it's free and covered by insurance," she said.
San Juan Regional Medical Center is one of the event's sponsors and will have a booth representing the hospital's Healthy FET Kids program, which is designed to teach students and educators about healthy lifestyles. The program is an offshoot of the hospital's Full Engagement Training program, or FET.
At the fair, children can play a food group game and participate in Thera-Band exercises, said Sandra Grunwaldt, FET and diabetes education manager. Information on the importance of movement and sleep will also be presented.
"We'll be offering some healthy snacks and healthy snack tips," Grunwaldt said. "This is a great opportunity to share what we do and help kids learn to take care of themselves in a fun, interactive way."