Samson students take part in health fair

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

Thursday, students at Samson Elementary took part in one of Governor Riley's new Kids Check Health Fairs.

School leaders say keeping students healthy is one of the keys to helping them learn.

With permission from their parents, students at Samson Elementary lined up for a number of health screenings at Thursday’s Kids Check Health Fair.

Geneva County School's lead nurse says the program is to insure no health problems are going unnoticed.

“To make sure we're not missing a health issue with a child because a healthy child just learns better,” says Geneva County Schools’ Lead Nurse Kenneth Hatfield, R.N.

Kids are getting all types of general checkups from vision, hearing and even dental.

“You’d be surprised at how many kids have cavities that are unaware they have those cavities. We are able to relay that information onto the parent along with some good advice,” says Hatfield.

They’re also learning more about the effects of tobacco and how to make better food choices.

“So many of our children don't get enough fruits and vegetables; therefore their health isn't as good as it should be,” says Sheila Dorriety with the Coffee and Geneva County Extension.

Organizers are hoping the health checks will provide them with an opportunity to get parents information about not only the health of their child, but also how they can get more assistance if needed through Medicaid and AllKids.

“A lot of people don't realize that they qualify for AllKids because the standards have dropped down. So now, a lot of people are eligible that weren't before,” says Hatfield.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will compile data from the statewide health screenings to determine student needs across Alabama.

They’ll be holding the health fair at Slocomb Schools on the 18th.


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