Medical center’s Kids Fair sees healthy growth

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Salmon Creek — The numbers are in, and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center’s annual Healthy Kids Fair increased its attendance by 25 percent this year.

More than 2,000 people attended the June event, which features more than 30 booths — from Suzi Surgi-Duck, which allows children to “operate” on a stuffed duck to win prizes, to Germ City, a WSU Cooperative Extension activity that teaches children about hand hygiene. Legacy fitted and sold 805 low-cost bicycle helmets, nearly 250 more than last year.

Salmon Creek Lions volunteers painted nearly 1,300 children’s faces. More than 60 child-safety seats were checked for proper installation, and 50 outdated or damaged child-safety seats were turned in for recycling.

For the first time, the Healthy Kids Fair included a food drive; about 500 pounds of nonperishable food was collected and given to The Children’s Center, a Vancouver nonprofit that provides mental health services to low-income families.