Letter: Two schools promote child health month

Nov. 15, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

Editor,

To promote National Child Health Month in October, two Sevier County primary schools participated in a Child Health Fair.  

The Sevier County Family Resource Center along with the Sevier County School System and the Sevier County Health Department have been sponsoring two Child Health Fairs every year for the past 16 years.

This year, the two schools were New Center Elementary and Boyds Creek Elementary.

We could not have had such successful health fairs if we did not have the support of our school system as well as the community. Several area businesses stepped-up to donate items needed for both health fairs, and in doing so, they helped us educate around 750 Kindergarten through 3rd grade children on health and safety issues.

Topics that were discussed with the students were dangers in smoking, lice prevention, exercise fun, nutrition, safety issues, personal hygiene, dental care, and the importance of drinking milk and water vs. cola. We would like to thank the two schools along with thanking the following businesses and organizations for their donations as well as many donating their time:

American Red Cross, Bent Creek Golf Village, Citizens National Bank, Comfort Inn – Apple Valley, Dr. Brad Dyer, Dr. David Trotter, Dr. Steve Morton, Dr. John Rader, East Tenn. Regional Health Office in Knoxville – Dental, Fairfield Inn, Kroger Sevierville - Floral Dept., LeConte Medical Center, Mountain Aire Motor Inn, NormaDan Motel, Sevier County Health Dept., Sevierville Community Center, U.T. Agricultural Extension, Wal-Mart, Sevierville and the many helpful volunteers.

We would like to offer a special thanks to Principal Nancy Sims of New Center Elementary and to Principal Kim Grosser of Boyds Creek Elementary and their staff for allowing us the opportunity to educate their students on important health issues and with helping this event run so smoothly.

Sincerely,

Mary Blair Lee, School Food Service Coordinator

Kim Loveday, Sevier County Family Resource Center Director