Hospital prescribes fun for Children's Health Fair
Good health can be fun. If you don't think so, take a look at what's happening Saturday at Harbor Hospital Center in South Baltimore. There will be balloons, magic tricks, fire trucks and karate demonstrations, plus opportunities for youngsters to have their vision, hearing and blood pressure checked. It's a Children's Health Fair, and it's free.
Adults will be able to catch up on important topics -- lead poisoning prevention and good nutrition among them. The little ones are encouraged to bring along a doll or teddy bear to be their patient as they try out medical equipment and procedures.
The fair funs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Gruehn Auditorium at the hospital, 3001 S. Hanover St. For more information, phone the community relations department at 347-3472.
Asthma and youth
Here's another health tip for parents: Asthma affects millions of young Americans, usually developing before the child is 5 years old. A new booklet, "More Than Snuffles: Childhood Asthma," describes the signs of an attack and how to care for children before, during and after an episode. To get this free advice, send your name and address to the Consumer Information Center, Dept. 558Y, Pueblo, Colo. 81009. 347-3472.
Conference on divorce
Separated, widowed and divorced persons are invited to look at some of the issues they find important during an all-day conference sponsored by the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics. "Male & Female: Styles of Growth and Healing" is the theme of the April 4 gathering that includes 18 workshops on topics such as "Healing the Child Within," "Single Again" and "Remarriage: Strengths and Strains in Blending Families."
The conference will be at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia. Registration is necessary by March 26; there is a $25 conference fee, which includes lunch. For more information, contact Sister M. Joannes at Mercy High School, 433-8880, Ext. 23.
The child demographic
Though their pleas may be loudest in the cookie aisle, children also are helping to decide what type of computer the family will buy, what kind of car it will drive and where it will vacation. Children under 12 spend about $7 billion each year, but they directly influence an additional $132 billion in spending, says James McNeal, a Texas A&M marketing professor.
* "Building Relationships" is the subject of the second lecture in the Spring Joannes Series for people who are separated, widowed and divorced. David Luecke, who teaches in the pastoral counseling program at Loyola College, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mercy High School. There is a $4 fee and child care is available for those who request it by tomorrow. For more information and to register, phone 433-8880, Ext. 23.
* "Sleeplessness in Young Children," a lecture by Dr. Richard Ferber, author of "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" is at 8 p.m. March 24 at the College of Notre Dame. This is the first of two lectures for parents presented by the Maryland Committee for Children. Tickets are $17. Phone 752-7588 for tickets and information.
* "Parenting and Child Development" is a presentation about learning patterns and growth of young children by Frances Bond, child development specialist and associate dean in the College of Education at Towson State University at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cloisters Children's Museum, 10440 Falls Road. Phone 823-2550 for more information.
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