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Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which serves as the coordinating agency for the event stated, "much of the credit has to go to the parents, school administrators, and local officials". The school and community have worked together here in Towanda to improve safety and promote students getting to school by foot and bicycle. According to Marchetti, Walk to School Day "continues to build momentum here in the U.S. and around the world".Read more: Walk to School Day 2012 Ends with Record Participation
Childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States and all children need to learn to eat healthy. Children are only able to eat what parents or other adults have available for them, so as adults if we make healthy food available they will eat it. Holiday parties will be starting in the schools and the Towanda Area School and Community Wellness Committee would like to remind you to think healthy foods. Some suggestions for those holiday parties are:
The joint warning notes that federal and state law requires prescriptions for contact lenses. If contacts are not obtained with a prescription from a properly trained and licensed health care professional, they can be dangerous.
“Contacts sold without a prescription at flea markets, costume shops, beauty salons, online and other places can cause serious damage to your eyes from improper fit,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Eli N. Avila. “Every eye has its own unique shape and curvature, and many of these decorative lenses lack proper instruction for use.”
Contact lenses that are improperly fitted or used can cause the loss of an eye, blindness, impaired vision, corneal damage, infection and allergic reactions.
“Decorative or cosmetic lenses are considered medical devices under federal law, and are legally marketed as prescription devices,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, whose department licenses both physicians and optometrists in Pennsylvania. “The Pennsylvania Optometric Practice and Licensure Act requires a prescription by a licensed physician or optometrist for the fitting of a contact lens.”
Dr. Avila urged parents to heed this warning, and consult a physician or optometrist if a child wants to wear a cosmetic or decorative contact lens.
What: Health Fair (with snacks and handouts provided)
When: March 2nd, 5p-7p (right after first Friday)
Where: Towanda Elementary School (cafeteria and hallway)
Who: Everyone is welcome to attend
We will have the 4 H here with bunnies
Free Goodies for everyone
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR VENDORS FOR THE DAY:
Dentist: Dr. Owen, Department of Health, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Guthrie Trauma, Nutrition information from Penn State Coop and Memorial Hospital, ARCC, Medical Careers Club, 4 H Club and others. Pamphlets on: Nutrition, clubs, health and safety, concussion, dental care, and more!