Mariposa health fair

Mariposa’s John C. Fremont Hospital will celebrate National Hospital Week (May 18-14) with a Health Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the hospital located at 5189 Hospital Road.

The hospital will be providing free health checks including blood pressure, heart rate, pulse, and blood sugar.

Several area businesses and community agencies will also be at the event providing health, wellness, and safety information.

A highlight of the event will be the Teddy Bear Clinic. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a ‘health check-up.’ Nurses will be on hand to admit the patient, perform the health exam, and mend minor lacerations. The Teddy Bear Clinic provides an interactive simulation of what it’s like to go to the doctor’s office. This exercise assists in reducing anxiety that sometimes accompanies a child’s visit to the doctor.

Additional activities scheduled for the health fair include CPR demonstrations, programs in the Mariposa County Fire Safety House, a children’s dental program, healthy snacks, and a flower planting station (children can plant a flower for a Mother’s Day gift).

Additional participants include Mercy EMS staff, Mariposa Sheriff’s Department, Cal Fire, and San Joaquin Drug will be available to answer questions about medications.

“The goal of the Health Fair is to show the community the many resources available in Mariposa to help them be safe, keep well, and live healthy,” said Lorna Coci, hospital spokesperson. “We want to make people of all ages aware that simple, everyday choices may add years to a person’s life.”

Details: Lorna Coci, (209) 966-3631, ext. 173.

John C. Fremont Hospital